Consequently the ministry of labour takes a back seat

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Consequently, the Ministry of Labour takes a back seat and leaves the agenda of combating child labour to others, especially the ILO, as demonstrated by the remarks from the official interviewed from the Ministry of Labour. When asked about the achievements and challenges of the Time-Bound Programme (TBP), the answer was: “Although not in the office at that time, implementation was a challenge given that without a national policy, there were no proper mechanisms for its implementation. For instance, the programme worked through DCLCs, which were not legalized.” This simply confirmed what the series of evaluation reports had stated, and the inaction of the Ministry of Labour taking the side walk and leaving it to the ILO to finance the struggle against child labour in Kenya. Slow-laners or slow-walkers are those who take their time for things to happen. They are into pilots and experiments to solve problems. Thus, the ILO/IPEC, despite the fact that some good practices had been identified for replication, took its time and kept on introducing independent programmes for two decades without paying attention to methodologies that were bringing real change as far as child labour was concerned. By 2009, the structures that were created to combat child labour and had demonstrated that they could actually perform were left dormant and by 2012 other structures were being proposed. The strategy that was being introduced in 2010 and followed up to 2013, better known as the Integrated Area-Based Approach (IABA) was introduced in Kenya in 1996 and what ILO needed was to upscale it, instead of giving it a different name! This approach comprised child labour committees from districts to villages and schools, as well as, the National Steering Committee and Inter-ministerial committees at the central level. In fact, the TBP was designed to perfect the strategy which was supposed to be integrated from bottom to top with the Ministry of Labour as the driver of the process, while ILO gives the necessary technical and material support. It was indeed, disheartening for the champions in the struggle against child labour in Kenya to witness an evolving situation, where ILO had become the driver of combating child labour, while the Ministry of Labour had taken the back seat. Yet, key structures to combat child labour, were fully in place.
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CMI REPORT THE ROLE OF ADVOCACY AGAINST CHILD LABOUR 2015: 2 21 The evaluation of ILO/IPEC Action programmes in 2005 and 2009 had the following to say about these structures: CCLCS and DCLCs are functional and will continue to operate irrespective of funding and the evaluator had this to say, “The community child labour committees were one of the best practices in the strategy.” By this time some 84 CCLCs had been created in Kenya and a total of 184 CCLCs created in the 5 countries under evaluation (Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia).
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  • Spring '17
  • Districts of Kenya, Nairobi, Child labour, Ministry of Labour

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