Investing in Every Child: An Economic Study of the Costs and Benefits of Eliminating Child Labour
International Labour Office, 2004 - Business & Economics - 133 pages
One in every six children aged 5 to 17 worldwide is exploited by child labour in its different forms, according to estimates made by the ILO in 2002. Many of these children are forced to risk their health and their lives and mortgage their future as productive adults.The report draws on a large range of data, including detailed country data from Brazil, Senegal, Kenya, Tanzania, Ukraine, Pakistan, Nepal and the Philippines. More information has raised awareness of the scale of the problem and given new urgency to developing and financing policies and programmes to remove children from work situations. More knowledge has also provoked new questions about the cost of removing children from work, providing them witheducation and ensuring them a decent childhood. At the same time, policymakers are also enquiring to what extent the effective abolition of child labour will pay off for national development and poverty reduction, and how children and their families stand to gain.
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