Malawi launches Alliance 8.7 Roadmap on child labour, forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking

Malawi launched the Alliance 8.7 Roadmap on child labour, forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking. The launch was done at a high-level meeting on child labour, which was organized by the Ministry of Labour in partnership with the International Labour Organization through the ACCEL Africa project.

Article | 30 November 2023
Malawi, 28 November 2023 - Malawi launched the Alliance 8.7 Roadmap on child labour, forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking. The launch was done at a high-level meeting on child labour, which was organized by the Ministry of Labour in partnership with the International Labour Organization through the ACCEL Africa project.

The Malawi Alliance 8.7 Roadmap is aligned to SDG target 8.7 which is to “Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms”.

Representing the ILO Office for Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique Ms. Patience Matandiko congratulated the Government of Malawi, through the Ministry of Labour, for developing and validating the Alliance 8.7 Roadmap that will strengthen the coordination of programmes and implementation of interventions aimed at eliminating child labour, forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking. I further commend the government of Malawi for becoming a pathfinder country on the implementation of the Global Accelerator initiative on Job creation and Social Protection, as this will provide an avenue to ensure the continued promotion of decent work opportunities.

When launching the roadmap on behalf of the Secretary for Labour, the Labour Commissioner highlighted the need for support towards the implementation of the Roadmap and its popularization which requires coordinated action.

The stakeholders agreed on the following actions towards the implementation of the Roadmap:
  • Resource mobilization for the implementation of the roadmap
  • Aligning the roadmap with the existing child labour projects and initiatives whilst considering innovative solutions
  • Assessing the existing interventions and identify the gaps to know the resources required for the stakeholders to know which areas of support they need to consider
  • Need strengthen coordination and collaboration structures and networks
  • Popularization of the roadmap including developing a communication strategy
  • Engagement and orientation meetings with the media to enhance their reporting
  • Establish simplified reporting mechanism on child labour interventions by stakeholders
The successful launch of the Alliance 8.7 Roadmap in Malawi marks a significant milestone in Malawi’s commitment to eradicating child labour, forced labour, modern slavery, and human trafficking. This initiative, deeply aligned with SDG target 8.7, demonstrates Malawi's dedication to addressing these critical issues through coordinated action and innovative solutions. The commendable partnership between the Government of Malawi, the ILO, and other stakeholders underlines the importance of collaboration in tackling such complex challenges.

The outlined actions, including resource mobilization, aligning with existing initiatives, gap assessment, strengthening coordination, roadmap popularization, media engagement, and establishing reporting mechanisms, provide a clear path forward. This initiative not only highlights Malawi's role as a pathfinder in this global effort but also sets a precedent for other countries within the region.