- October 8, 2021
- Author: Precious Ching'ani
ACCEL Africa Project
The ILO ‘Accelerating action for the elimination of child labour in supply chains in Africa’ (ACCEL Africa) project, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands, has the overarching goal to accelerate the elimination of child labour in Africa, through targeted actions in selected supply chains in Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria and Uganda. To achieve this goal, the Malawi country component of the project is pursuing two inter-related objectives:
(1) Policy, legal and institutional frameworks are improved and enforced to address child labour in global supply chains; and (2) Innovative and evidence-based solutions that address the root causes of child labour in supply chains are institutionalized. The project is being implemented in the context of Malawi’s second Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP-II, 2020 – 2025), especially Priority Area 2: ‘Ratification and application of international labour standards (ILS) and fundamental principles and rights at work (FPRW)’. The project is targeting five districts in Malawi namely: Mulanje, Thyolo, Mzimba, Chitipa and Ntchisi.
A key goal of the project in Malawi is that the private sector in the targeted supply chains has strengthened capacity for improving compliance on child labour (Output 2.1). The corresponding indicators and targets are as follows:
- Number of supply chain private sector actors that develop new or improved mechanisms for child labour compliance, taking into consideration the project contribution (Target = 5)
- Number of private-public partnerships (PPPs) to promote more effective interaction between private compliance initiatives and public enforcement activities established (Target = 6)
ECAMs has the following roles in the project:
- Establish, capacitate and facilitate the activities of an employer taskforce against child labour.
- Review and update ECAM and member policies and codes of conduct vis-à-vis child labour, and promote uptake and public commitments by ECAM’s members.
- Capacity building of ECAM members on child labour.
- Mobilize private sector advocacy against child labour, including as regards commemorating World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL) and 2021 International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour.
- Facilitate increased, technically sound, and sustainable Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) investments, such as ‘Adopt a School’, to address the root causes of child labour in supply chains.
- Pilot and market a child labour related revenue-raising service (e.g. fee-based advisory service).