AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
The inter-agency programme, Understanding Children’s Work (UCW), was initiated by the International Labour Organization (ILO), UNICEF and the World Bank as one of the responses to the recommendations of the Amsterdam and Oslo conferences.
Through a variety of research activities, the UCW Programme supports the partner agencies in improving statistical information on child labour and youth employment in their various dimensions – their nature, extent, causes and consequences – as well as on what policy approaches are most effective in addressing them.
The Programme’s inter-agency configuration and technical orientation leave it uniquely placed to act as a platform for research cooperation, policy dialogue, partnership building and knowledge exchange in child labour, youth employment and related policy areas.
RESEARCH PROJECTS AND RESEARCH AREAS
The UCW programme is comprised of four research areas:
In the past years UCW has been involved in several international projects including, among others, the Global Partnership for Youth Employment (GPYE), the UNICEF/UIS Global Initiative on Out-of-School Children (OOSCI), the FAO/ILO cooperation to Address the Worst Forms of Child Labour in Agriculture.
The UCW programme has received financing from several bodies, including the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the US Department of Labora and the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (Government of Canada).
Collaboration on a wide range of projects have been started with the World Bank, the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU – University of Cape Town), the University of Sao Paolo, the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (UANL, Mexico), the BETAM research centre of the Bahcesehir University (Istanbul), and Save the Children.
The UCW programme has collected a remarkable number of publications in top international journals in the fields of econometrics, statistics, economics and labour economics with both applied and methodological contributions. Following is the list of main journals where articles have been published: World Development, Journal of African Economics, Journal of Economic Development and Cultural Change, Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, Journal of Population Economics, Research in Labour Economics (IZA), and Orient.