On 4 December 2008, in Dhaka, the ILO-IPEC Urban Informal Economy project signed a three-year agreement with the Dhaka City Cooperation to develop partnership for the implementation of child labour programmes on non-formal education, skill development training, and social and economic empowerment of child labour families.
Dhaka City Corporation was identified as the most appropriate local government institution to address the hazardous child labour in urban informal economy of Dhaka. As a primary partner of the project, Dhaka City Cooperation is responsible for the development and implementation of regulatory and monitoring mechanisms for urban informal sectors, social mobilization, advocacy and awareness raising, and sustainability and impact of child labour programmes.
Child labour is a complex problem in Bangladesh. According to a survey carried out by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics in 2003, there are 3.2 million child labourers in the country. Out of them, 1.3 million are engaged in hazardous work. 90% of children in hazardous work are found in informal sectors.
For more information please contact:
Mr T.I.M Nurunnabi Khan
ILO Office in Bangladesh
Tel: + 02 8114705, 9112876