and insights

  • The world has an estimated 2.2 billion children. Each of them have the right to grow up safely, attend school, and reach their full potential. World Children's Day marks the anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which spells out these rights. It is the most widely accepted of any international convention.

  • Teachers now enjoy improved working conditions in Mankhamba, Malawi, with a new, secure staff room to store books and have meetings, made possible through ECLT's CLEAR II Project. This supports the village to recruit more teachers to the primary school, which serves over 350 children.

  • In October 2018, the first meeting of the ‘Partnership in Action Against Child Labour in Agriculture’ (PAACLA), was held, bringing together relevant national and local stakeholders against child labour. The meeting was hosted by the Indonesian State Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS) and supported by ECLT and partners.

  • The new USDOL report outlines effective, collaborative approaches which have contributed to the removal of 94 million children from labour in the last two decades. Global estimates and data enable us to understand the full scope of child labour, the ‘vulnerabilites’ for prevention and to evaluate which solutions provide the most impact.

  • In Malawi, the ECLT Foundation has carried out a number of projects including building classrooms, renovating and constructing bridges, setting up Village Savings and Loan Associations, providing school feeding programmes and vocational training. These projects have had significant impact and have contributed to the removal of over 19,000 children from child labour since 2014 alone.

  • In a sector associated with toil, sweat, uncertainty, unsafe work and low returns, much of the younger generation (aged 15-17) would rather be unemployed than work in agriculture. To attract more young people, agriculture needs to clean up this image. The ECLT Foundation’s Model Farm Schools in Tanzania are an example of how this trend can be reversed and provide decent work opportunities for young people.

  • According to the ILO 152 million children, aged 5 to 17, are still in child labour.Agriculture is the most signiciant contributing sector, making up 71% of all global child labour, much of which is considered to be hazardous for their health,safety and development.

  • There are growing calls for farmers to diversify from tobacco to flowers, legumes or other crops. However, this oversimplifies the issue and detracts attention from the real challenge: to develop viable, high-value crops that offer smallholder farmers a realistic choice of how to allocate resources and reduce poverty. ECLT Foundation research has shown that tobacco growing is often an integral part of the farmer’s diversification efforts.

  • Recent heightened public attention on the unacceptable situations faced by children and families working in tobacco growing shines a light on violations of human rights otherwise largely and historically kept in darkness. The Guardian puts children at risk with articles lacking context and promoting a supply chain approach to fight child labour in tobacco growing.

  • The ECLT Foundation and the Government of Mozambique joined forces to strengthen the fight against the worst forms of child labour, particularly in the areas where tobacco is grown. The 2018 Memorandum of Understanding will focus on community education and training, awareness and communication, institutional capacity building and revising the legal framework on child labour.

  • A little goes a long way to improve children’s lives in rural communities where tobacco is grown. Working in collaboration with local implementing partners, YONECO, the ECLT Foundation was able to act quickly, providing funding and mobilising the community to renovate and finish 3 houses for teachers, as well as an office to safely store books and materials away from rain and the elements.

  • ECLT Foundation staff were invited by the Zimbabwean Government to join in a critical and timely discussion on child labour in tobacco agriculture. The meeting helped build consensus among the key stakeholders responsible for eliminating child labour and resulted in several concrete commitments.

  • The ECLT Foundation joined together with the Government of Mozambique in a MoU to create a platform to combat child labour and strengthen the rights of children, particularly those in situations of poverty and vulnerability in rural areas where tobacco is grown.

  • The ECLT Foundation has a bold ambition. We are working for rural families so they can benefit from farming while ensuring that their children are healthy, educated, safe from exploitation, and encouraged to reach their full potential. In 2017, we responded to the large number of challenges faced by rural communities where tobacco is grown.

  • World Day Against Child Labour 2018 focuses safety and health for young workers and fighting hazardous child labour. Young people above the legal age have the right to work, but their health and safety must be ensured. ECLT is supporting celebrations taking place in Malawi were the Foundation has worked since 2002.

  • World Day Against Child Labour 2018 focuses safety and health for young workers and fighting hazardous child labour. Young people above the legal age have the right to work, but their health and safety must be ensured. ECLT is supporting celebrations taking place in Tanzania were the Foundation has reached over 9,500 children since 2013.

  • “The stakes for children, our sole beneficiaries, their families and their communities are dangerously high,” said Hammond, ECLT Executive Director. “Individuals who have never worked or spent significant time in rural communities facing child labour issues do not take the realities faced by children living in poverty into consideration.”

  • These young people have the right to work in conditions that are safe and healthy. The ECLT Foundation promotes decent work in rural communities where tobacco is grown through close cooperation with farmers, labour inspectors and community leaders.

  • The ECLT Foundation welcomes the recent report by Human Rights Watch, A Bitter Harvest, which highlights concerns of child labour and occupational safety in tobacco growing in Zimbabwe, where “tobacco is the country’s most valuable export commodity.”

  • Today, the ILO estimates that 152 million children are in child labour. Overall, 71 percent of these children are working in agriculture, most them doing unpaid work with their families.  The ILO statistics provide an important standard, but it is important to know more about child labour to understand the possible limitations of these numbers.

  • The ECLT Foundation is proud to work with our partners on the ground in Malawi to ensure that children in tobacco-growing communities have better access to education.  Building and renovating schools is one way to help families make the choice to send their children to school instead of to wok in the fields. 

  • Through our REALISE project in Uganda, the ECLT Foundation worked to ensure that families could send their children to school and not to work in the fields.  From 2013 to 2017, ECLT worked with our implementing partners, UWESO, to reach children from over 18,000 households in the Hoima district.

  • With over 40 million men, women and children in modern slavery according to the most recent ILO estimates, slavery is not a thing of the past.  There are slaves working on every continent, in every country, in all types of industries and even in people’s homes.

  • On 15th November 2017, Human Rights Watch (HRW) published an article highlighting the Sustainable Tobacco Program (STP), an industry-wide standard which, among other things, prohibits all children under 18 from handling green tobacco on farms.

  • Twenty eight years after the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), there are still 152 million children trapped in child labour according to the latest ILO statistics. 

  • Child labourers are calling for support “to better address family poverty to ensure that their parents and caregivers have access to decent work, good livelihoods, services, and assistance,” according to the “Time to Talk” study, a global consultation of over 1,800 children from 36 countries that are currently or were previously involved in child labour.

  • The International Labour Organization (ILO) Governing Body has concluded the discussion regarding the collaboration between the organisation and the tobacco industry, calling on the Director-General to develop “an integrated ILO strategy to address decent work deficits in the tobacco sector” while “taking into account all views expressed in the current session.”

  • Over 1 billion people work in agriculture around the world – just under a third of global employment. Realities faced by millions of farmers depend on global markets that are out of their control. What happens to smallholder farmers when markets shift? In this mini-documentary, the ECLT Foundation took a look at the example of tobacco farming in Kyrgyzstan where it has been working for over a decade.

  • The Tobacco Association of Malawi (TAMA) and the National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi (NASFAM) have released an open letter to the ILO Governing Body and in joint response to the recently published letter from TOAWUM.The Tobacco Association of Malawi (TAMA) and the National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi (NASFAM) have released an open letter to the ILO Governing Body

  • Nearly 152 million children are still trapped in child labour, according to new global estimates on child labour released by the ILO and Alliance 8.7 this week. Almost half of them are performing hazardous work that places their health, safety or moral development at risk.

  • Kyrgyzstan – From 7 to 12 June, a series of school activities aimed to draw public attention to the need to take action to eliminate child labour. Competitions were organized in 5 rural communities: on 7 June, in Markaz of Kadamdjay District and Too-Moyun of Aravan District; on 10 June, in Jany-Nookat of Nookat District; and on 1 May, in Ala-Buka District and On-Eki-Bel of Nookat District.

  • At the 2016 Forum on Business and Human Rights, The ECLT Foundation, along with the Permanent Missions to the UN of Canada and Malawi, hosted a side event on “Securing Multi-Stakeholder Commitments Towards Eliminating Child Labour” – the only event specifically addressing child labour or children’s issues during the Forum. It was an opportunity to contribute to the Human Rights Council’s greater body of knowledge - by sharing concrete examples of effective multi-stakeholder approaches in the fight against child labour in agriculture.

  • The ECLT Foundation is pleased to announce that Marcus McKay was elected as the new ECLT Foundation Treasurer by the ECLT Foundation Board. The election took place on 6 April 2016 during the 35rd ECLT Foundation Board Meeting in Geneva.

  • According to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the most widely accepted international human rights treaty in history, “children have the right to be protected from work that is likely to be hazardous or to interfere with the child's education, or to be harmful to the child's health or physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development.”

  • More than 2,000 leaders from business, government and civil society will join forces to find solutions to the challenges faces in integrating human rights throughout business practices from 27 to 29 November at the UN Forum for Business and Human Rights in Geneva.

  • Since January 2005, Eliminating Child Labour in Tobacco (ECLT) Foundation together with its partner, the Alliance for the Protection of Children’s Rights (APCR), has reached over 40,000 people through five projects in the Nookat and Alabuka Districts of southwestern Kyrgyzstan to address child labour in rural communities where tobacco is grown.

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