Two ECLT Foundation’s new 2016-2017 project efforts aim to reach almost 10,000 farmers and children over the next two years in Malawi with the CLEAR II project and Tanzania with the PROPSER Plus project. These projects follow up on the conclusion of two of the foundation’s largest projects in our history in 2015, which showed an 34% average overall reduction in child labour in tobacco growing from the independent final evaluations.
Additionally, the ECLT Foundation’s expansion of activities into Indonesia is officially underway in 2016. Employing a strategy to address the problem of child labour in tobacco that builds on local efforts, this planning and stakeholder engagement phase will continue through the end of 2017.
Check back on our website for the full descriptions of the new projects which will be available soon.
Here are some highlights of the ECLT Foundation’s efforts in 2016 and 2017:
The CLEAR II project aims to directly benefit 4,000 children and 4,000 farmers, as well as work directly with 56 schools in Malawi. Social mapping exercises have already been completed to identify and register project beneficiaries.
Main new features of CLEAR II include:
- Focused efforts to scale up numeracy and literacy in schools in tobacco growing areas
- Support the review and renewal of Malawi’s National Action Plan on Child Labour
- Project implementation with increased integration with tobacco companies
- Support to the Tobacco Control Commission for coordination of the tobacco sector sustainability efforts
- Random control trials examining village savings and loans associations to determine their effectiveness toward the elimination of child labour.
Implementing partners on the ground – Creative Centre for Community Mobilization (CRECCOM), Youthnet and Counselling (YONECO) and Total Land Care (TLC)
The PROSPER Plus project will specifically target 850 farmers over a two-year period. Social mapping exercises have already been completed to identify and register project beneficiaries.
Main (new) features of PROSPER plus include:
- Key Intervention Projects exploring new ways to promote numeracy and literacy
- Support the development of District Action Plans on child labour and integration of these plans into project work
- Project implementation with increased implementation with tobacco companies
Implementing partners on the ground – Winrock International, Tabora Development Foundation Trust (TDFT) and Tanzania Association of Women Leaders in Agriculture and Environment (TAWLAE)
The ECLT Foundation has developed a strategy for activities in Indonesia centered around support to national and local government plans against child labour, strategic partnerships, a child labour survey, and an awareness-raising programme in tobacco-growing areas. The foundation has already begun efforts through a kick-off session with relevant stakeholders, including tobacco companies, in targeted districts.
Concrete plans for 2016-2017 include:
- Conduct a child labour survey in selected tobacco-growing areas of East Java and Lombok. The survey will examine the issue not only in tobacco but also in other crops grown on the same farms. It is hoped that the survey will also serve as a blueprint for data collection by other agricultural sectors.
- The ECLT Foundation employ targeted awareness-raising, relationship building and support to local government efforts to eliminate child labour in agriculture and in general.