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Child Labor: Evidence and Action Workshop
June 10, 2016Washington, DC | World Bank MC Building | MC 6-100

World Child Labor Day this year falls on June 12, 2016. According to the most recent ILO estimates, 168 million children are trapped in child labor worldwide, of which 85 million work in hazardous conditions while 5.5 million are victims of forced labor. Child labor is a complex phenomenon influenced by a multitude of factors, and is often exacerbated by situations of fragility, conflict and violence (FCV), where social protection systems might be at their weakest or non-existent.

While a large set of policy instruments can be used to tackle child labor, predicting the impact of such interventions is far from straightforward. Indeed, limited evidence exists on the impact of policies and programs on child labor therefore hampering policy efforts to address the child labor issues.

To help close this evidence gap, the World Bank’s Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) and Understanding Children’s Work (UCW) are organizing a workshop to take stock of existing evidence on the efficacy of policy interventions to address child labor, with a particular focus on FCV settings. The workshop also aims to experiment with promising policy interventions that might have higher returns and to foster dialogue between practitioners and academic experts on child labor policies.

Workshop Objectives:

·        discussing and validating findings from a review paper on the state of knowledge and gaps on the effects of different child labor policy interventions; and

·        formulating a research agenda to investigate how public works programs might influence child labor outcomes in developing and fragile contexts.

Last Updated: Jun 06, 2016

AGENDA

8.30 – 9.00

BREAKFAST

9.00 – 9.15

WELCOME

 

ARIANNA LEGOVINI
Head of the Development Impact Evaluation (DIME), World Bank

FURIO C. ROSATI
Director
Understanding Children’s Work Programme

9.15 – 9.30

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS
PATRIZIO PAGANO
Executive Director for Italy, Albania, Greece, Malta, Portugal, San Marino and Timor-Leste, World Bank

Module 1: What helps to eliminate child labor

This module will provide an overview of policies and interventions which might affect child labor outcomes and discuss the available evidence and gaps on their effectiveness

Session I

9.30 - 10.00

KEY NOTE ADDRESS 
MARCIA EUGENIO
Director
Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OCFT)US Department of Labor

10.00 - 10.30

THE IMPACT OF POLICIES AND PROGRAMS ON CHILD LABOUR: A REVIEW OF THE EVIDENCE
ANA DAMMERT 
Professor, Carleton University

10.30 – 11.00

EXPLAINING CHILD LABOUR TRENDS: THE ROLE OF POLICIES AND PROGRAMS
FURIO C. ROSATI 
Director, Understanding Children’s Work Programme

11.00 - 11.15

COFFEE BREAK

 

Session II

11.15 –  12.30

PANEL DISCUSSION / QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

The panel discussion will bring together representatives from the World Bank, ILO, UNICEF, USDOL, and Save the Children to showcase flagship interventions and identify key areas where evidence is critically needed.

12.30 – 13.30

Lunch break

Module 2: Public works programs and child labor

This module will focus on how Public Work Programs(PWP)—a core social safety net of many developing countries—can influence child labor outcomes and discuss the joint DIME-UCW pilot initiative that focuses on our portfolio of PWP impact evaluations. The session will put a particular emphasis on the implications of PWP interventions and IE in FCV context.

13.30 – 13.50

WORKFARE AND HUMAN CAPITAL INVESTMENT: EVIDENCE FROM INDIA

MANISHA SHAH
Associate Professor at UCLA and NBER

BRYCE STEINBERG
Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University

13.50 – 14.10

THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF EMPLOYMENT BASED SAFETY NET PROGRAMS

SHEETAL SEKHRI
Associate Professor at the University of Virginia

14.10 – 14.30

LABOR INTENSIVE PUBLIC WORKS AND CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES: THE CASE OF MALAWI

Presenter to be confirmed

14.30 – 15.20

DISCUSSION /QUESTION AND ANSWERS

Discussant(s):

NINA ROSA, Social Protection Specialist, World Bank

ARNDT REICHERT, Economist, World Bank

15.20 - 15.30

COFFEE BREAK

Module 3: The way forward

This module will take stock of key points emerged during previous discussions aiming at drawing lessons and implications for better design of child labor policies and interventions, identifying key research issues and priorities for shaping the research agenda and key partners. This module will also discuss practical challenges for successful implementation of research in this area.

15.15 – 15.45

RESEARCH AGENDA AND TOOLS TO MAINSTREAM CHILD LABOUR IN IMPACT EVALUATION OF PUBLIC WORK PROGRAMS IN FCV/DIME PORTFOLIO

Presenter(s):

ANA DAMMERT
Professor, Carleton University

ERIC MVUKIYEHE
Economist, World Bank

FURIO ROSATI
Director, Understanding Children’s Work Programme

15.45 – 16.45

DISCUSSION /QUESTION AND ANSWERS

Discussant(s):

DANIEL GILLIGAN
Deputy Director in the Poverty, Health and Nutrition, Division at IFPRI

MATHIAS LUNDBERG
Lead Specialist, Global Youth Programs at the World Bank.

MANISHA SHAH
Associate Professor at UCLA and NBER

SHEETAL SEKHRI
Associate Professor at the University of Virginia

16.45 – 17.00

CONCLUDING REMARKS

Last Updated: Jun 06, 2016

Event Details
  • Location: MC 6-100, World Bank, Washington, DC
  • Contact: : Eric Mvukiyehe emvukiyehe@worldbank.org