Children's work in Cambodia: a challenge for growth and poverty reduction

Children's work in Cambodia: a challenge for growth and poverty reduction

Tackling child labour in Cambodia

Child labour constitutes a key obstacle to achieving universal primary education and other Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This report provides an overview of child labour in Cambodia, its extent and nature, its determinants, and its consequences on health and education. In addition it addresses the national response to child labour and policy options for its elimination.

To accelerate progress towards eliminating child labour the authors highlight:

  • the requirement for an integrated package of prevention and protection measures targeting three groups - children at risk of involvement in child labour, the 'stock' of children already in child labour, and former child labourers
  • political commitment to ensure that child labour is mainstreamed into broader development plans and programmes
  • the need to address factors causing children to enter work in the first place
  • protection policies as critical to preventing large numbers of children from entering adulthood in a disadvantaged position, permanently harmed by early work experiences.