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Malawi National Conference on Child Labour in Agriculture

Cross Roads Hotel, 5-6 September, Lilongwe, Malawi

Outcome Document and Framework for Action


This  Malawi  National  Conference  on  Child  Labour  in  Agriculture  held  on  5-6 September 2012 (Lilongwe, Malawi), in  the presence of and with the support of Her Excellency, The State President of the Republic of Malawi, Madam Joyce Banda:

  • organised by the Ministry of Labour, the Malawi Congress of Trade Unions and Employers Consultative  Association of  Malawi  (ECAM),  with  support from civil society, UN agencies, multi-stakeholder initiatives, producer associations and business (Tripartite-plus)
  • funded by the Ministry of Labour, ECAM and the Eliminating Child Labour in Tobacco-growing Foundation (ECLT)
  • incorporating a children’s conference supported by Eliminating Child Labour in Tobacco-growing Foundation, Plan International Malawi, Save the Children Malawi, YONECO, World Vision Malawi, Malawi Human Rights Commission, National Youth Council of Malawi and UNICEF

with technical support from the International Labour Organization (ILO) and attended by 290 senior delegates from government ministries, business, trade unions, agricultural producer associations, non -governmental organisations, civil society networks, other United Nations agencies, children and international supporters and development partners,

Recognizes that the Malawi Government has put in place anti-child labour laws, policies, instruments and strategies, including the Constitution of Malawi, the Employment Act (Cap 55.02), The Child Care, Protection and Justice Act, The Education Act, the National Registration Act, the Malawi Decent Work Country Programme, the Child Labour National Action Plan for Malawi (2010-2016), Malawi Growth and Development Strategy II (2011-2016), the National Code of Conduct on Child Labour and the recently gazetted Hazardous Work List, among others; and

Recognizes that all actors have a role to play in eliminating child labour and that the National Steering Committee requires enhanced capacity so that it can guide the implementation of the framework for action embodied in this outcome document, and support tripartism and cooperation between partners, based on respect for their mandates, in order to promote the collaboration and policy coherence required; and that the necessary tripartite plus sub-structures of the NSC should be established to deal with specific sub-sectors.

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Upcoming Events 
Action Plan Meeting - Brazil October 11 2012
1.Follow up after the agriculture conference and  Framework of Action
2. Preparations for the The Brazil 2013 global child labour conference 
3. Discuss the process of  strengthening the worldwide movement against child labour in Brazil and in South America
4. Bring collaboration within the trade unions in Brazil
5. Bring Closer collaborations with the government and other agencies in Brazil  
Regional Good Practices Consultation on child labour in agriculture- November


As a follow-up to the International Conference on Child Labour in Agriculture, Global March’s partner in Nepal - Backward Society Education (BASE), Nepal has taken the first step of organising the Regional Good Practices Consultation on child labour in agriculture which is a learning and experince sharing consultationThere are many organisations contributing their efforts to stop child labour in South Asia, but there has not been a single sharing and learning consultation on the good practices that are being experiemented and are showing incredible results in reducing child labour,  particularly child labour in agriculture, and making a common strategy to end child labour for South Asia.


Therefore BASE has taken the initiative of organising the consultation to bring the organisations together to share and learn about their experiences and achievements. The 2-day consultation will bring activists from Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan together.  The consultation would also be addressed by government official, diplomats and experts for their experiences in addressing child labour in their respective countries and also in South Asia.


Throung the consultation, the organisers will work with grassroots organisations, trade unions and teachers unions, governments, international organisations and others to not only raise social and political awareness and will towards ending child labour in South Asia, support the mutual sharing and learning between the participations and experts including the analysis of the knowledge base for the compilation of emerging good practices to end child labour, particularly in agriculture in the region, providing opportunities for shared planning and deliberation for a concrete and time-bound plan of action including the discussion on the Framework of Action of the International Conference on Child Labour in Agriculture as a guiding document.


The consultation is going to address the following objectives;

  • To identify practices and challenges in different countries on the issue of elimination of child labour, in particular on child labour in agriculture;
  • To discuss the Framework for Action adopted in the International Conference on Child Labour in Agriculture, Washington DC as a roadmap for future action in South Asia and respective countries in the region;
  • To develop a regional plan of action toward elimination of child labour, in particular child labour in agriculture.

The key objectives would lead to the following results:

  • Developing understanding on the challenges and opportunities in South Asia on the issue of child labour, and in particular on child labour in agriculture;
  • Developing a concrete and time-bound  plan of action based on the Framework for Action adopted at the International Conference on Child labour in Agriculture;
  • Increased cooperation between different stakeholders to work together on the issue of child labour in agriculture.

It is expected that through the process of the two-days consultation a regional plan of action for elimination of child labour in South Asia, in particular child labour in agriculture will be developed with clear indicators, timelines, roles and responsibilities of the participating organisations. This plan of action will be the guiding framework for action for regional and national action in South Asia.


Date (proposed): November


Venue: Park Village, Budhanilkantha Kathmandu


Please write at info@globalmarch.org for more information and to participate in above two meetings