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WORKING TOWARDS A WORLD

FREE FROM CHILD LABOUR

WHERE CHILD RIGHTS ARE KNOWN AND RESPECTED

650,000+

MEMBERS OF TOBACCO-GROWING
COMMUNITIES REACHED SINCE 2011

The ECLT Foundation (ECLT) works for the progressive elimination of all forms of child labour in tobacco-growing communities. We do this by focusing on four cross-cutting programmatic areas:

1. We ACT for children

2. We ACCOMPANY companies

3. We ENGAGE STAKEHOLDERS TO INFORM national and international dialogues

4. We BUILD KNOWLEDGE

Each programmatic area allows us to foster collaboration and commitment among our diverse partners and provide reliable information regarding child labour issues and best practices for its prevention.

Since 2000, ECLT has worked closely with our members, local communities, governments, international organisations, NGOs and the children at the heart of our work. Our work has shown concrete results and meaningfully improved the lives of numerous children and families in tobacco-growing communities. 

As both a member of the UN Global Compact and a recipient of United Nations ECOSOC consultative status, ECLT is committed to doing our part to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to support the fulfilment of SDG 8.7.

EMPOWERING CHILDREN & COMMUNITIES TO BE CHILD LABOUR FREE

Across the globe, approximately 90 million children are involved in child labour in the agriculture industry alone. The ECLT Foundation envisions a world where every child’s right to be free from labour is known and respected.

All of our projects take a comprehensive, inclusive approach around five strategic objectives:

1. Getting children out of child labour

2. Opening doors through education

3. Raising awareness

4. Strengthening communities

5. Alleviating poverty

Since 2011, and through the ECLT Foundation’s work:

182,147 children were removed or kept away from child labour

This figure refers to the aggregation of two indicators of M&E Online: “withdrawn children” (5-17 y.o.) and “prevented children” (5-17 y.o.).

27,141 children were sent to school and benefited from vocational training

This figure refers to the aggregation of two indicators of M&E Online: “withdrawn children” and “children attending vocational training” (12-17 y.o.).

475,141 community members were reached through awareness-raising activities

This number reflects the amount of people reached through sensitisations meetings, trainings and events. In face-to-face engagements such as rallies, public events and public meetings, participants are only reported as reached if they are physically present. Whenever possible, participants are counted. If it is deemed impossible to count, a conservative guestimate is made. When radio and print media are used, the listenership, circulation and readership statistics by the Audit Bureau of Circulation are considered. For electronic media, including social media, the number of hits is counted.

500+ key stakeholders were brought together to renew commitments on national action plans to eliminate child labour

This figure refers to people participating in social dialogues supported by ECLT.

68,841 families in tobacco-growing communities were financially empowered

This number reflects the amount of people who participated in IGAs, VSLAs or microcredit activities. Poverty is one of the root causes of child labour. Interventions such as conditional grants, microcredits, Income Generating Activities (IGAs) and Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs), aim to diversify income and reduce vulnerability among poor households.

Each day, we remove 8 children from child labour.

All of our data is extracted from our new online impact measurement system “M&E Online,” and is based on performance indicators collected and entered by M&E in-country project officers on a periodic or annual basis, as needed. We launched M&E Online in 2013. It improves the way we count and measure the beneficiaries of our work, and follows the ILO’s methodology for collecting data on child labour. The data on this webpage relates to Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda.

IMPLEMENTING ON THE GROUND

The ECLT Foundation works directly in communities across 8 countries through country programmes and key intervention projects. The country programmes address our five strategic objectives, and our key intervention projects target shifting areas of need.

COUNTRY PROGRAMMES

KEY INTERVENTION PROJECT

ENGAGING STAKEHOLDERS

Joining forces is key to maximising our impact and eliminating child labour. The ECLT Foundation actively engages with various stakeholders to reach this goal. Our multi-stakeholder engagement approach follows a tripartite model that includes: 

GOVERNMENTS
TRADE UNIONS
EMPLOYERS
INTERNATIONAL

ORGANISATIONS

CIVIL SOCIETY
TOBACCO

GROWERS

AGRICULTURAL

SECTOR

COMMUNITIES
PARENTS
CHILDREN