All work and no play

Using a systemic lens to determine the economic root causes to child labour

Published by
ILO, Lab

This brief outlines the various ways in which the systemic approach to decent work can help child labour projects effectively determine and evaluate the economic root causes for the existence of poverty-induced child labour.

Although some projects have been successful in addressing child labour through mainstreaming international standards into national legislative frameworks, facilitating access to education, increasing labour inspection capacity or raising awareness, many have struggled to address one of its key drivers, namely low household incomes.

The ILO Lab project collaborated with ILO FUNDAMENTALS to analyse and synthesise key lessons from projects that have effectively identified the underlying economic determinants to child labour.