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A joint publication by the ITC-ILO and IPEC on the worst forms of child labour in conflict and post-conflict settings.

This report was prepared by the ITC-ILO and the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC).

Child labour, especially in its worst forms, has received plenty of attention in recent years, as a topic of international conventions and a focus for lawmakers and researchers.  Little is known, however, about child labour in regions affected by armed conflict, in particular how armed conflicts are fostering child labour and exacerbating its effects.

The publication provides an overview of a recent study of these pressing issues, undertaken by the Department of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford (United Kingdom), ILO IPEC and the ITC-ILO.  The study looks at conflict and child labour in five regions of Africa and the Middle East, describes the main themes that emerged, and makes a set of recommendations. It can be downloaded free of charge.

The study is part of a larger project that examined the worst forms of child labour in conflict and post-conflict settings, and aims at producing tools for practitioners.  Data were supplied by country teams who prepared reports and documentation.

Staff at IPEC Geneva, the ILO in Jerusalem, UNICEF Palestine and the ITC-ILO, together with participants in a “Technical meeting on the worst forms of child labour in (post) conflict settings”, contributed with comments that helped revise the text.

The publication was made possible thanks to a financial contribution by the European Union.

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