Handbook Preventing Child Labour in Development Cooperation

Preventing child labour in development cooperation – Tools and strategies for monitoring and evaluating child labour in programmes and projects of international development cooperation. A Handbook composed by a SLE-Team, commissioned by the FAO.

Agriculture is the single sector that uses the most child labor, according to the ‘Handbook for Monitoring and Evaluation of Child Labour in Agriculture‘, released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Center for Rural Development (SLE). The publication addresses child labor in the crop production, livestock, fisheries and aquaculture and forestry sectors, and recommends the inclusion of anti-child labour measures in programmes and projects concerned with agricultural and rural development.
Before formulating such measures, it is necessary to evaluate the effects of productivity increasing development strategies in agriculture on child labour. This in turn requires an appropriate toolkit as a prerequisite. The Handbook provides a whole set of such instruments and also demonstrates how local values as well as family environment can be respected in the context of developing countries. In doing so it critically addresses the question where learning practical skills ends and harmful labour begins. The publication shows how educational training and child development can go hand in hand with the valuable and vital support of the family.
The guideline presented in the Handbook was tested in Cambodia, but distinguishes itself by its general applicability. It contains instruments for a sensitive gathering and evaluation of data concerning child labour in agriculture. Furthermore it provides suggestions for the implication of good practices to avoid child labour.
The Handbook has been prepared by the SLE team: Ambros, Elen, Bullerdieck, Lena, Cordes, Robin, Craes, Leonie and Dr. Feldt, Heidi (team leader)
It will be translated into Spanish and French.