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16 ILO/IPEC (2009): Good Practices on Elimination of Child Labour in Kenya, p16 – 20. 17 Ibid pp. 21, 23. 18 ILO (2009) IPEC Evaluation by an Independent Expanded Final Evaluation by a Team of External Evaluators, pp. 8–12, 13–15, 20.
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CMI REPORT THE ROLE OF ADVOCACY AGAINST CHILD LABOUR 2015: 2 22 In discussing ownership, the evaluators observed that the ILO/IPEC sub-contracted NGOs as partners, making them better sourced than the DCLCs, thus, in effect, disempowering the DCLCs regarding decision-making, while denying them resources. These committees did not only suffer from lack of resources, but significant staff turnover and uneven mandates from the ministries. The LCLCs were created from projects and depended on volunteers with the likelihood of ending with the projects. Yet, these structures were viable vehicles through which child labour could be effectively dealt with in Kenya had they been formalized and provided with adequate resources. 19 In 2010, a Global Conference on Child Labour in the Hague (Netherlands) adopted an ambitious Roadmap for Achieving the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour by 2016. This once more put the ILO/IPEC on the path of another pilot strategy and an Integrated Area-Based Approach (IABA) for laying foundations for child labour free zones was born. In Kenya, ILO/IPEC introduced the IABA strategy through an initiative known as Support to the National Action Plan (SNAP) project with three immediate noble objectives: at the end of the project, relevant national policies, programmes and legislation harmonized with the National Action Plan (NAP) to eliminate child labour and enforced; at the end of the project, the capacity of national and local authority and social partners is enhanced to support the effective implementation of the NAP; at the end of the project, effective models for establishing child labour free zones (CLFZs) are tested in three districts with documented process and experiences. The resources raised for this project were supposed to support the activities of the NPA 2004–2015, developed by the government of Kenya through the Ministry of Labour with the main aim of eliminating the worst forms of child labour in Kenya by 2015. This notwithstanding, the ILO/IPEC went ahead and employed three (3) officers in the three targeted districts, namely, Busia, Kilifi and Kitui. The government, through the Ministry of Labour, simply signed the MoU for a project running between 2010 and November 2013. The implementation of this important project depended, once more, on the child labour committees (CLCs), which were non-formal and did not really have an official mandate to fight child labour, apart from the labour officers who are members of DCLC in the districts. Based on the above, the first objective of this project would be difficult to achieve if the implementers of the project are ILO staff using the non-formal systems on the ground. It is also difficult to comprehend how this project supported the National Plan of Action, whose driver was the government of Kenya through the Ministry of Labour.
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  • Spring '17
  • Districts of Kenya, Nairobi, Child labour, Ministry of Labour

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