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Child Labour

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the extent of the use of child labour in (a) Tunisia, (b) Cameroon and (c) Tanzania. (86022)

DFID has not carried out assessments in these countries but helps to support the work of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the leading international body which sets and monitors labour standards including child labour. In their global report on child labour published in May this year, the ILO reported an 11 per cent. fall in child labour globally since 2000. However, progress has been slowest in sub-Saharan Africa where 26 per cent. of children are economically active.

In its national strategy for growth and poverty reduction, the Government of Tanzania identifies child labour as a key challenge. DFID is providing over £110 million this year to support implementation of the overall national strategy. In addition, DFID is supporting multilateral organisations such as the ILO and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) as well as civil society organisations to reduce and prevent child labour in Tanzania.

DFID does not have a programme in Tunisia and only a limited programme in Cameroon, which is focused on forestry.