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The Child Labour in Developing Countries – A Challenge to Millennium Development Goals


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  • Rena, Ravinder


The problem of child labour is immense and has been growing. Wherever poverty exists, child labour there prevails and it is one of the most striking issues in the developing countries. Hence, there is a need to identify the vulnerable children and point out the problems in relation to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), particularly poverty eradication, education for all, gender equality, combating HIV/AIDS and creation of a global partnership for development. To understand household labour supply decisions, considering relations to the labour market and to public interventions is critical in designing programmes in order to achieve the MDG. The research on child labour represent in this respect a largely untapped resource of knowledge for policymakers in the fields of education programme and poverty reduction programmes. An attempt is made in this article to demonstrate how increased education opportunities and increased welfare reduces child labour.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 13073.

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Date of creation: Apr 2006
Date of revision: 2008
Publication status: Forthcoming in Indus Journal of Management & Social Sciences 1.3(2009): pp. 1-10
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:13073

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Keywords: Child labour; MDGs; Poverty; developing countries; UN Convention on the Child Rights; education;

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  1. L.Guarcello & F.Mealli & F.Rosati, 2002. "Household Vulnerability and Child Labour: the Effect of Shocks, Credit Rationing and Insurance," UCW Working Paper, Understanding Children's Work (UCW Programme) 3, Understanding Children's Work (UCW Programme).
  2. Rena, Ravinder, 2006. "Child Rights Convention and its Implementation," MPRA Paper 12421, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Jun 2007.
  3. Kenneth A. Swinnerton & Carol Ann Rogers, 1999. "The Economics of Child Labor: Comment," Labor and Demography, EconWPA 9903002, EconWPA.
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