The Supporting actions to meet the 2015 targets to eliminate the worst forms of child labour in Lusophone countries in Africa through knowledge, awareness raising and South-South cooperation ("Lusophone Project") is to support actions to meet the 2015 targets to eliminate the worst forms of child labour in Portuguese-Speaking African Countries (PALOP) or Lusophone countries in Africa through knowledge, awareness-raising and South-South Cooperation.
This is a project aiming to contribute to speed up the place of the child labour eradication in Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and São Tomé and Principe, by supporting the development, revision or strengthen the PALOP’s National Action Plans (NAP) and the establishment of consultations mechanisms to address the child labour issue.
The Lusophone Project has been developed in the spirit of South-South and Triangular Cooperation involving the Brazilian and the United States Governments. This joint commitment dates back from 2007 when both Governments supported a "study tour" to Brazil of high level representatives from Governments, employers’ and workers’ organisations and civil society from Angola and Mozambique. Thereafter, a series of activities involving all the lusophone countries, notably in the context of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP), constituted in the building blocks to this Project that has as the cornerstone the sharing of knowledge based on the Brazilian experience.
Therefore, taking into account the recommendations of the 2010 ILO Global Report on child labour to focus action in Africa (IPEC's "Focus on Africa" Strategy); and considering that the Brazilian constituents have continuously shown the will to share their good practices with other countries, the Lusophone Project has been drawn as catalyst tool to contribute to the establishment and implementation of national policies, having the CPLP as a political platform.
In this context, the Project will endeavour efforts to, in close collaboration with the constituents in all the countries, consolidate the knowledge base sharing Brazilian good practices and possibly identify policy and legislation gaps; strengthen capacity building of institutions for addressing child labour through social dialogue; reinforce documentation and human resources for knowledge transfer; assist in policy development and legal reform, which should contribute to a better understand of child labour phenomenon and increase awareness within the lusophone countries in Africa.
Projects outputsConsidering the ILO tripartite social dialogue framework and aiming to support the development, revision or strengthen of the PALOP’s National Action Plans (NAP) and the establishment of consultations mechanisms to address the child labour, the project comprises the following outputs:
Child labour in the Lusophone countries in Africa