Our impact

The ECLT Foundation works directly with communities in 6 countries.

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Our work

Since 2000, the ECLT Foundation has worked with and for children, farmers, and families in areas where tobacco is grown.

We take a multi-stakeholder approach, focusing on area-based projects and strengthening of local and national systems to fight child labour.

Engaging stakeholders for sustainable change

Fostering collaboration with government, farmers, workers, private sector, and civil society is necessary to make progress, which is systemic and sustainable. By engaging policy makers, other agricultural sectors and organisations working on the ground, ECLT supports the development and implementation of strong policies and practices that go beyond our project areas and benefit all children and families in the countries where we work.

Our projects

Since 2011, ECLT has reached over 750,000 children and their families in tobacco-growing communities.

Our inclusive, area-based projects tackle the root causes of child labour:

  1. Raising awareness on child labour and the dangers it poses to children.
  2. Engaging parents and communities to identify children in child labour, withdraw and support them.
  3. Building capacities in communities to improve family livelihoods.
  4. Increasing access to quality education and skills training to prepare children and youth for decent work.


Read about how we support quality education in Malawi.


Learn about supporting access to decent work for young people in Guatemala.


See how we support farmers, families and children fight child labour in Mozambique.


Read about partnering across public and private sectors to support children in Indonesia.


Check out our page about programmes in Tanzania to empower children and youth.


See what we are doing in Uganda to close the gaps in the fight against child labor.

ECLT's work to advance progress towards the SDGs

in particular SDG 8.7 for the elimination of child labour by 2025.
  • No Poverty

    ECLT works with farmers and families to improve savings, livelihoods and financial stability.

  • Zero hunger

    ECLT supports school gardens & meals to keep kids in school and out of the fields.

  • Quality education

    ECLT supports quality education. Making school welcoming keeps children in school and away from child labour.

  • Gender equality

    ECLT supports financial literacy and business skills training for women. Empowering women benefits children, communities and the economy.

  • Decent work and Economic growth

    ECLT supports job skills training to help young people access more decent work opportunities.

  • Clean water and sanitation

    ECLT strengthens access to clean water and sanitation by installing solar water pumps and toilet facilities in schools.

  • Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    ECLT works closely with national and local institutions to support existing child labour efforts, and design sustainable interventions.

  • Partnerships for the goals

    Collaboration is at the heart of ECLT's work. Engagement at local, national and international levels brings long-lasting solutions in the fight against child labour.

Aligning with International Standards

Key Frameworks on child labour rights and sustainable development

The ECLT Foundation is a member of the UN Global Compact, ILO Child Labour Platform 8.7 and a holder of United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) special consultative status. ECLT is committed to supporting and promoting international legal frameworks on child labour and sustainable development.

Our people

Our Board Members and Partners:

The ECLT Foundation works with organisations, business leaders and technical experts from around the world. Find out more about our people

Our staff:

Click on the photos below to meet our team of experts committed to eliminating child labour.

  • Dr. Innocent Mugwagwa

    Senior Programme Manager

    Innocent earned his PhD from Wageningen University in the Netherlands focusing on the drivers and effects of smallholder participation in modern agrifood chains. Innocent has over 15 years' development experience, the last 10 years of which were dedicated to working as the Finance Director for Save the Children Norway and Zimbabwe. Innocent joined the ECLT Foundation in September 2010 as Senior Programme Manager.

  • Laura Collier

    Communications and Engagement Manager

    Laura is a communications professional with a focus on children's rights. She joined the ECLT Foundation in 2015, after working for several years within the United Nations human rights system for Child Rights Connect and the UN OHCHR. Laura gained diverse experience in communications and marketing work before moving to Geneva, including for The New York Botanical Garden, Atlas Service Corps (Bogotá, Colombia) and The Atlantic Magazine (Washington, DC, USA). She holds a Master's degree in Global Communications and Civil Society Development from the American University of Paris and a Bachelor's degree from Georgetown University in Classics.

  • Stéphanie Garde

    Programme Manager

    Stéphanie holds a Master's degree in NGO Management and International Development from the University of Paris-Est-Créteil-Val-de-Marne (UPEC). She has more than 8 years’ experience in management of international development programmes with a particular focus on child rights, education, youth employment and livelihoods in East Africa and Latin America. Her main role is to promote the elimination of child labour in tobacco growing communities by ensuring efficient and successful delivery of ECLT field projects.

  • Karima Jambulatova

    Executive Director

    Karima has a diverse background in migration, development, humanitarian issues, and human rights. She lived and worked in Kazakhstan and Colombia before moving to Switzerland in 2007; and held positions at several UN agencies and international NGOs. Karima holds a Master’s degree in Gender Studies from the Central European University (Budapest) and a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Corporate Social Responsibility from the University of Geneva. She joined the ECLT Foundation in 2013 as Programme Manager, and since January 2019, she holds the position of Executive Director.

  • Gosha Stehle

    Human Resources & Administration Manager

    Gosha is a business operations specialist with several years’ experience in non-profit organisations and multi stakeholder initiatives. She focuses on day to day operations, compliance and human resources. Gosha holds a bachelor’s degree in social pedagogy and rehabilitation and a master’s degree in International Relations and Political Science from the Jagiellonian University in Poland, as well as a Certificate in Human Resources management from the Swiss Association of Professional and Senior Exams in Human Resources (HRSE).

  • Nicholas McCoy

    Director of Advocacy, Partnerships and Engagement

    Nicholas joined the ECLT Foundation in March 2013 to develop and advance the areas of advocacy, national policy, research and dissemination of best practices for the prevention and withdrawal of children from child labour. Prior to joining the ECLT Foundation, Nicholas led a diverse portfolio of initiatives to strengthen outcomes for child and family wellbeing in the United States and abroad. Nicholas served as the Assistant Executive Director for the Durham Workforce Development Board; Senior Workforce Development Manager for the City of Durham, NC; and Hurricane Katrina Reintegration Specialist for the State of North Carolina. He worked extensively in the country of Armenia to promote child wellbeing by developing a coalition of stakeholders to further family support programmes and promote de-institutionalisation initiatives. Nicholas holds an MS degree in Organizational Management from the School for International Training Graduate Institute and a BA degree from Hamline University in Russian Studies and History.

  • Irena Manola

    Finance and Executive Officer

    Irena holds a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management and Diploma in French Studies from the Geneva University, as well as a graduate diploma from the Management Institute in Brussels. Irena has a diverse background, working in both private and public sectors. She has over 15 years of experience in complex environments, in marketing and sales positions in multinational companies, as well as in management of finance and office administration. She joined the ECLT Foundation in September 2013.

  • Cleo Wright

    Advocacy & Communications Coordinator

    Cleo joined ECLT in July 2018, following two years working in Malaysia. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Development with Overseas Experience and a Master’s degree in Advanced Child Protection at the University of Kent. Cleo has gained professional and academic experience in Ghana, Malaysia, the UK and Switzerland. She has previous communications and advocacy experience within the United Nations human rights system.

  • Franck Archinard

    Finance Manager

    Franck is a Finance & Administration specialist in the non-for-profit sector. Franck holds a Master's degree in Finance & Accounting from the University of Aix-en-Provence. Franck now has over 15 years of experience working in Swiss Non-Governmental-Organisation secretariats. On top of his financial expertise, he has developed global NFP organisational management skills.

  • Roi Fernández Agudo

    Programme Officer

    Roi is a Programme Officer with more than four years of experience in the United Nations development system. He has a multidisciplinary background, holding Masters’ degrees in Business Administration, Law and Journalism. Before joining the ECLT Foundation in June 2019, Roi gained academic and professional experience in Spain, Portugal, United Kingdom and Italy, which allowed him to deepen his knowledge of international development and understanding of interacting stakeholders.