A new ITC-ILO publication for free download: a “How-to” guide to the economic reintegration of children formerly associated with armed forces and groups

Tens of thousands of children around the world are fighting wars as part of armed forces or groups. Some are used as combatants and take a direct part in hostilities, while others are used in support roles or for sexual purposes. The ILO Convention on the Worst Forms of Child Labour, 1999 (No. 182) defines the use of children in armed conflict as one of the worst forms of child labour. It calls on Members States to take effective and time-bound measures to prevent the recruitment of children for that purpose and to facilitate the reintegration of those who have been released.

This How-to” guide has been produced by the ITC-ILO and the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC), as part of the ILO’s “Freeing Children from Armed Conflict” project, funded by the European Union.  It is designed for both agencies and individuals.

The practical guidelines and tools help agencies to incorporate an economic component for children of working age into their prevention and reintegration programmes. The Guide conforms with the United Nations policies and guidelines on this subject in setting out how to implement economic components of release and reintegration programmes for children.

The Guide draws on the expertise of the ILO, including lessons learned from field experience in Burundi, Colombia, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Rwanda.

Download your free copy here: http://training.itcilo.org/ils/ils_childlabour/childlabour_materials.htm

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