Labor Dept. Will Fund Projects to Combat Child Labor in Ethiopia, Strengthen Inspections in Peru/Philippines
The Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs announced Dec. 22 three separate projects to combat exploitative child labor in Ethiopia and build the capacity of labor inspectorates in Peru and the Philippines.
The first project involves a $10 million cooperative agreement to promote education and vocational training opportunities and enhance livelihoods and access to social protection programs for youth and their households in Ethiopia. Focusing specifically on the needs of girls, the project aims to address exploitative child labor by providing youth ages 14 to 17 with marketable skills and support to secure decent work. The DOL notes that the project will also support President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative.
The DOL also awarded a $2 million grant to help build the labor law enforcement capacity of the Peruvian Ministry of Labor and Employment Promotion’s newly-formed National Superintendency of Labor Inspection. The project will focus specifically on improving the MTPE’s enforcement of laws, regulations and other legal instruments governing subcontracting, outsourcing and the use of short-term employment contracts, especially in the country’s non-traditional export sectors (e.g., mining, agriculture, fishing and textiles).
Finally, an additional $1 million grant will seek to improve the effectiveness of labor inspections in the Philippines, particularly in the area of occupational safety and health, as well as labor rights monitoring by workers, employers and their representatives.