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ILAB News Release: [10/01/2008]
Contact Name: Peggy Abrahamson or Richard Manning
Phone Number: (202) 693-7909 or x4676
Release Number: 08-1352-NAT

U.S. Department of Labor awards more than $58 million to eliminate exploitive child labor around the world

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor is awarding more than $58 million in fiscal year 2008 grants to combat hazardous and exploitive child labor in countries around the world. The grants will save children from and prevent them from entering exploitive labor by providing education and other services. Some of the funding also will be used to collect reliable data and strengthen the capacity of governments to address the problem.

"This $58 million worth of projects strives to free children around the world from exploitive child labor and help them access a new life of hope and opportunity," said Secretary Chao.

The Labor Department competed approximately $21.75 million in grant funding for six projects in 13 countries. These include projects to combat exploitive child labor in Guinea, Jordan, Madagascar, Nicaragua and Yemen, as well as support for research on forced labor in Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, China, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Liberia and the Philippines. Recipients of the awards include international, nonprofit, for-profit and faith-based organizations.

In addition, the department awarded $36.3 million to the International Labor Organization's International Program on the Elimination of Child Labor (ILO-IPEC) for projects in seven countries (Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, India, Namibia, South Africa and Uganda) and support for several multi-region projects.

"We need to continue to send the message that investing in education for children is not just the right thing to do, it's the best investment a country can make in its economic future," said Charlotte M. (Charlie) Ponticelli, the Labor Department's deputy undersecretary for international labor affairs.

Since 1995, the Congress has appropriated approximately $660 million to the Department of Labor to support efforts to combat exploitive child labor internationally. As a result of that funding, the department has succeeded in rescuing more than one million children from exploitive child labor.

Editor's Note: A list of the newly funded projects is below.


For more information, visit http://www.dol.gov/ilab and http://www.dol.gov/ilab/programs/ocft.

U.S. Department of Labor
Bureau of International Labor Affairs
Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor and Human Trafficking
FY 2008 Programming to Combat Exploitive Child Labor Internationally

COUNTRY

FUNDING LEVEL

PROJECT FOCUS

IMPLEMENTER

AFRICA

Southern Africa (Botswana, Namibia, South Africa)

$4,750,000

Combating the Worst Forms of Child Labor (WFCL)

ILO-IPEC

Uganda

$4,791,000

Preparation for Timebound Program on the WFCL

ILO-IPEC

Guinea

$3,500,000

Combating the WFCL

World Education in Association with CCF, PLAN International and the International Evaluation & Training Cooperation

Madagascar

$4,500,000

Combating the WFCL

Private Agencies Collaborating Together (PACT)

Subtotal AFRICA

$17,541,000

 

 

LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

Brazil

$4,900,000

Supporting the Achievement of a Child Labor-Free State in Brazil

ILO-IPEC

Nicaragua

$5,000,000

Combating the WFCL

American Institutes for Research (AIR)

Subtotal LAC

$9,900,000

 

 

ASIA, MIDDLE EAST, EUROPE AND NORTH AFRICA (ASIA/MENA)

Cambodia

$4,310,000

Combating the WFCL

ILO-IPEC

India

$6,850,000

Combating the WFCL

ILO-IPEC

Jordan

$4,000,000

Combating the WFCL, including a focus on Iraqi refugees

CHF in Association with the National Council for Family Affairs and Quest Scope Funds for Social Development in the Middle East

Yemen

$3,500,000

Combating the WFCL and Human Trafficking

CHF in Association with Charitable Society for Social Welfare (CSSW)

Subtotal ASIA/MENA

$18,660,000

 

 

Global/Multi-Region

Global

$5,028,453

Strengthening the evidence base on child labor through expanded data collection, data analysis, and research-based global reports

ILO-IPEC

Global

$200,000

Audits of selected USDOL-funded IPEC projects

ILO-IPEC

Global

$1,500,000

Building the knowledge base on the design and implementation of impact evaluation of child labor interventions

ILO-IPEC in cooperation with the Understanding Children's Work Project (UCW)

Global

$4,071,547

Project development, awareness raising, and support for the implementation of the Global Action Plan on the Elimination of the WFCL

ILO-IPEC

Global

$1,249,715

Research on Forced Labor in the Production of Goods in Liberia, the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Bolivia, China, the Philippines, Bangladesh and Indonesia

Verité

Subtotal Global

$12,050,000

 

 

GRAND TOTAL

$58,150,715

 

 

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