1. Malawi: Finding solutions for child domestic workers

    12 June 2013

    Millions of children around the world, mainly girls, are working in households other than their own, doing domestic work such as cleaning, ironing, cooking and looking after other children and the elderly. According to a new report on domestic work from the International Labour Organization, it's estimated at least two-thirds of these children are working under the legal minimum wage, or in conditions that are hazardous. Often, the working relationship between the child and their employer is ambiguous at best, exploitative at worst. But solutions are possible, even in a place where using children as domestic workers is a long tradition.

  2. Malawi: From Child Labour to Decent Work

    12 June 2013

    In Malawi, poverty, lack of education, gender inequalities and the HIV pandemic are the engines driving child labour, and make it so hard to defeat. But a new intervention called "convergence" -- which integrates action at the national, district and local levels, is showing promise to create child labour free zones in the areas where it has been implemented. The convergence model is showing results in one of the world's poorest countries, where child labour has long been a part of daily life. In Malawi, the "Integrated Area Based Approach" is showing the way for communities themselves to take the lead in ending child labour.

  3. Communites Tackling Child Labour in Malawi

    12 June 2013

    In Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world, half the population lives under the poverty line, and it's estimated one and a half million children are in child labour. But according to the International Labour Organization, a new, community based approach to tackling the child labour problem is showing promise to eradicate it in areas where child labour has long been a part of daily life.

  4. Making the move from school to work in Malawi and Zambia

    08 May 2013

    The global jobs crisis is taking a heavy toll on young people in the advanced economies of Europe where 1 in five are out of work, but in the developing world the situation is much more severe. Two out of three young people in developing countries are either unemployed or trying to survive day to day in low paying, irregular jobs. There is an urgent need for training and education programs that prepare young people with the skills employers are looking for.

  5. The Social Pensions and the Social Protection Floor in Cape Verde

    01 March 2013

  6. Combatting Forced Labour & Human Trafficking in Africa - Challenges and national responses

    20 February 2013

    Challenges and national responses in Zambia, Ethiopia and Nigeria. African countries are confronted every day with forced labour and human trafficking. Zambia, Ethiopia and Nigeria are exposing …


  1. Child labour in Senegal ILO/IPEC's actions

    01 October 2012

  2. ILO Law Growth Nexus II Project (Matatu Sector) in Kenya

    07 June 2012

    ILO Law Growth Nexus II Project Survey Dissemination Workshop on Public Service Vehicles (Matatu Sector) in Kenya.

  3. A Trade Union's Battle against Child Labour in Ghana

    10 April 2012

    In Ghana, the General Agricultural Workers' Union, known as the "G-A-W-U" with support from the ILO, has had a major impact on eliminating the worst forms of child labour. Acting both independently, and using "social dialogue" to collaborate with employers and government, the union fights child labour in three key sectors: fisheries, palm oil production, and cocoa farming.


  1. Liberia: Labour Force Survey

    16 May 2011

    Statistical studies of the job market and the workforce not only help governments find out more about the current “state of the nation” - they are key tools in deciding appropriate policies to create job opportunities and enhance prosperity. While common in Europe and North America, accurate labour statistics are hard to come by in developing countries. But that’s just changed in Liberia, a country particularly hard hit by past conflict and poverty. And the results are pointing the way to job creation and to an improved quality of life for everyone.