chapter  4
18 Pages

The Contribution of the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work to the Elimination of Child Labour

This chapter traces the history of the World Bank's increasing involvement in the global fight against child labour, and analyses the substance of the Bank's take on child labour from both the legal and development policy perspective. It identifies the similarities and differences between the Bank's approach and the one taken by other agencies advocating the cause, and records the dynamics of the inter-agency debate on child labour between the World Bank and the International Labour Organization (ILO), eventually resulting in the ILO's adoption of an approach similar to the Bank with the 1999 Convention on the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour. The 1995 World Development Report (WDR), a major World Bank research and vision publication, was devoted to labour issues. The chapter concludes with a critical note on the Bank's recent introduction of child labour benchmarks in the assessment of its borrowers from its soft-lending arm, the International Development Agency (IDA).