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New Grants Aim to Determine Most Effective Methods of Addressing Child/Forced Labor

Friday, January 30, 2015
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The Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs announced recently $11 million in grants for monitoring and evaluation activities that will help it determine which of many possible approaches will most effectively eliminate child labor and forced labor and protect the rights of those affected. ILAB said the findings from these “highly sophisticated, innovative evaluation methods” have the potential to “substantially influence the ways government and civil society approach combatting child labor and forced labor in Asia, Africa and Latin America.”

According to an ILAB press release, the grants include $10 million for 14 impact evaluations, a scientific evaluation technique that seeks to identify what changes or outcomes might be directly attributed to a particular intervention. An additional $1 million will be used to develop a toolkit that will support the design and implementation of systems that help partner organizations monitor the provision of services as well as the education and work status of beneficiary children.

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