chapter  5
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Child labour in homeworker households


The literature on child labour burgeoned in the last decade of the twentieth century, as negotiations for the Uruguay Round of trade were closing in the early 1990s. International trade negotiators brought child labour on to the trade agenda as a ‘new issue’, linking labour standards to further market access in industrialised countries. The international funding of research for child labour expanded. International organisations created and expanded new programmes for addressing the data requirements in the area. Position papers were hurriedly prepared by international organisations, and evaluations of current programme activities were conducted to determine whether child labour needs were being addressed. Programmes and projects to address the problem multiplied, as did funds from bilateral and multilateral agencies.1