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Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor

2012 Country Assessments

ILAB introduced a new tool in 2011 to assess government action to advance efforts in eliminating the worst forms of child labor in each country benefiting from U.S. trade preferences. Each country received one of five possible assessments: Significant Advancement, Moderate Advancement, Minimal Advancement, No Advancement, or No Assessment. Read More

Country Assessments by Advancement Level (2012)

  • Significant
    10
  • Compared with the suggested actions reported in 2009, 2010, and 2011, a country significantly advanced efforts in eliminating the worst forms of child labor if it took suggested actions or made other meaningful efforts during the reporting period in all relevant areas covering laws and regulations, coordination and enforcement, policies, and social programs.

  • Moderate
    62
  • Compared with the suggested actions reported in 2009,  2010, and 2011, a country moderately advanced efforts in eliminating the worst forms of child labor if it took suggested actions or made other meaningful efforts during the reporting period in some relevant areas covering laws and regulations, coordination and enforcement, policies, and social programs.

  • Minimal
    46
  • There are two types of countries that could receive this assessment. The first type of country is one that, compared with the suggested actions reported in 2009, 2010, and 2011, minimally advanced efforts in eliminating the worst forms of child labor by taking suggested actions or making other meaningful efforts during the reporting period in a few relevant areas covering laws and regulations, coordination and enforcement, policies, and social programs.
           
    The second type of country is one that, compared with the suggested actions reported in 2009, 2010, and 2011, made some advancement in eliminating the worst forms of child labor, but also established a new law, regulation or policy, upheld an existing law, regulation, or policy or initiated or continued a practice during the reporting period that reverses or delays advancement in eliminating the worst forms of child labor. 

  • No Advancement
    13
  • There are two types of countries that could receive this assessment.  The first type of country is one that, compared with the suggested actions reported in 2009, 2010, and 2011, took no suggested actions and made no other meaningful efforts to advance the elimination of the worst forms of child labor during the reporting period. This would include countries in which there is no evidence of a worst form of child labor problem and where the country has gaps in its legal and enforcement framework on child labor. 

    The second type of country is one that, in more than an isolated incident, was complicit in the use of forced child labor. Given the egregious nature of this form of exploitation, countries complicit in the use of forced child labor were considered to have made no advancement regardless of efforts in other areas.

  • No Assessment
    12
  • This assessment is reserved for countries in which the population of children is either non-existent or extremely small (under 50) or in which there is no evidence of a worst forms of child labor problem and where the country has a good legal and enforcement framework on child labor. Currently, only certain territories and non-independent countries fall into these categories.

    This assessment is also given to a country when it is included in the report for the first time.  In addition, in cases when a country receives a suggested action for the first time, a country is given this assessment.