Eliminating Child Labour: Essential for human development and ensuring child well-being

Policy brief


The brief highlights the interlinkages between child labour and human development and describes how ending economic deprivations, universalizing school education, expanding the coverage and improve the adequacy of social protection systems, and ensuring private sector engagement in protecting child rights can effectively eliminate child labour and promote inclusive growth and development. Evidence-informed, multi-sectoral, scalable solutions are presented that can ensure children are protected from economic exploitation and end the perpetuation of long-term cumulative deprivation. The brief presents actionable policy recommendations for the G20, drawing from the most recent global research and evidence on ending child labour.

Key takeways from the report include:

The G20 can commit and lead the way in supporting:

  • Expansion of child-sensitive social protection
  • Increased investments in strenghtening the availability and quality of education from foundational through elementary and secondary education
  • Strategies to end discriminatory social and gender norms
  • Equitable conditions and standards in the labour market, through collaboration between government regulators and private companies
  • Strengthened child protection laws and systems ensuring identification, support, and school re-integration of children in child labour
  • Investment in research to further improve our understanding of the most promising, effective, and scalable strategies to accelerate results
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Ramya Subrahmanian; Josiah Kaplan; Valeria Groppo; A K Shiva Kumar; Anna Zongollowicz
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