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14 The failure to scale up good practices in Kenya, by and large, can be attributed to the fact that the ILO/IPEC operated as an implementer of the projects it supported. ILO/IPEC saw the need to do so and acted accordingly. This was well illustrated by key officials interviewed from the Ministry of Labour and the ILO/IPEC offices in Nairobi. First, according to the officials interviewed, the ILO/IPEC had established models to be handed over to the government for replication nationwide, yet the same official observed that the staff capacity at the Division of Child Labour in the Ministry of Labour was wanting. There was even lack of funds in the Ministry to hold meetings of the National Steering Committee (NSC). Consequently, the government was severely constrained in terms of staff and other resources to scale up the good practices identified. When the ILO official was asked whether the ILO should be the implementer instead of providing technical support and advice to the government, the answer was: "We are focused on numbers and not on impact.” Pushed further to explain what donors expected e.g. the number of children withdrawn, x number of families supported, etc., the answer was: “Considering the money we have, we are only piloting the model so that the government can adopt it and apply it elsewhere.” What then happens to piloted areas after the ILO exits? This is a genuine question anybody can ask when reading the report. 12 Ibid pp. 30, 32, 41, 42, 45. 13 Ibid pp. 42, 43, 45. 14 Onyango, P. (2003): Taking Stock of Achievements and Lessons Learnt, ILO/IPEC, Nairobi Office.
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CMI REPORT THE ROLE OF ADVOCACY AGAINST CHILD LABOUR 2015: 2 20 When the official was further asked when the government would be ready to take over the project, the answer was that the ILO was working on a sustainability strategy. Considering that the ILO was providing the money and implementing the pilot model projects, it would be expecting too much from the government to scale up the model or to sustain the pilot projects. It is not surprising, therefore, that child labour is on the increase again in sub-Saharan African countries, Kenya included, according to recent statistics from the ILO itself. 6.3 Structures Created Remain Non-formal Although advocacy efforts led to the establishment of child labour committees in most districts, accompanied action programmes, these structures remained voluntary with major consequences. Nothing was done to formalize them. Lobbying by different groups, including ANPPCAN, did not make much difference. The two key institutions, namely the Ministry of Labour and ILO/IPEC, which should have worked to formalize these structures, decided instead to take what may be termed a side- walk and a slow lane, respectively. The side-walkers are described as those who are not really following the roadmap to development or even wealth creation and time is of no essence on what they do.
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  • Spring '17
  • Districts of Kenya, Nairobi, Child labour, Ministry of Labour

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