The Eliminating Child Labour in Tobacco-growing (ECLT) Foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland, has recently published its annual report for 2010. The report describes its programmes and achievements in five tobacco-growing countries in Central Asia and Africa: Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. It also sets out its new strategic plan of action to 2015 in which it aims to be able to “demonstrate the impact of an effectivemulti-stakeholder programme modelthat promotes wider sustainable impacton child labour in the tobacco-growingsector”. In addition, ECLT aims to build its knowledge management capacities to establish itself as “a referencepoint and source of information on goodpractices. Its top priorities for the coming five years are:
- Improving its project design and development;
- Identifying, commissioning and producing information, research and data;
- Targeting measurement and evaluation;
- Increasing communication and engagement;
- Maximising its use of resources.
In addition, ECLT has issued a statement on the World Day Against Child Labour, 12 June 2011, which this year focuses on an area of child labour particularly relevant to the work of organisation – hazardous child labour. ECLT echoes the call to “stop children from undertaking hazardous work”, and highlights the fact that with 115 million children across the world thought to be in hazardous work, mostly in agriculture, much more needs to be done in this area.
In the context of the significant challenge of tackling child labour in agriculture, Global March welcomes closer collaboration with multi-stakeholder initiatives in this sector, such as the ECLT.
To download a copy of the 2010 ECLT report, click here
To download a copy of the ECLT Statement on the 2011 World Day Against Child Labour, click here