The Child Labour in Developing Countries: A Challenge to Millennium Development Goals
Prof. Ravinder Rena
University of the Western Cape; Polytechnic of Namibia; Papua New Guinea University of Technology
April 20, 2009
Indus Journal of Management & Social Sciences, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 1-8, Spring 2009
The problem of child labour is immense and has been growing. Wherever poverty exists, child labour there prevails and it is one of the most striking issues in the developing countries. Hence, there is a need to identify the vulnerable children and point out the problems in relation to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), particularly poverty eradication, education for all, gender equality, combating HIV/AIDS and creation of a global partnership for development. To understand household labour supply decisions, considering relations to the labour market and to public interventions is critical in designing programmes in order to achieve the MDG. The research on child labour represent in this respect a largely untapped resource of knowledge for policymakers in the fields of education programme and poverty reduction programmes. An attempt is made in this article to demonstrate how increased education opportunities and increased welfare reduces child labour.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 8
Keywords: Child labour, MDGs, Poverty, developing countries, UN Convention on the Child Rights, education
JEL Classification: F16, J13, J24, J24, I3, I21, I32Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: January 16, 2009 ; Last revised: May 10, 2009
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