The Child Labour in Developing Countries: A Challenge to Millennium Development Goals

Indus Journal of Management & Social Sciences, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 1-8, Spring 2009

8 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2009 Last revised: 7 May 2015

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Ravinder Rena

Papua New Guinea University of Technology; Polytechnic of Namibia; University of the Western Cape; North-West University; Papua New Guinea University of Technology

Date Written: April 20, 2009

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Child labour, MDGs, Poverty, developing countries, UN Convention on the Child Rights, education

JEL Classification: F16, J13, J24, J24, I3, I21, I32

Suggested Citation

Rena, Ravinder, The Child Labour in Developing Countries: A Challenge to Millennium Development Goals (April 20, 2009). Indus Journal of Management & Social Sciences, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 1-8, Spring 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1328652

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