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Investigating the Worst Forms of Child Labour No. 6 Nepal Situation of Child Porters: A Rapid Assessment
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The exploitative practice of child labour has come to be recognised as a major socio economic problem. Child labour jeopardises children's potential to become productive adults, robbing them of their health, their education and their prospects for a better future. The need to restrict and eradicate such intolerable forms of child labour has become an essential element of a national development strategy to achieve sustainable growth and protect human rights. His Majesty's Government of Nepal (HMG/N) has repeatedly expressed its commitment to eliminating the worst forms of child labour, and the government is currently in the process of ratifying the new International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention on the Worst Forms of Child Labour, No. 182. This Rapid Assessment aims to shed new light on the hazardous conditions facing child porters, and the manner in which these children are exploited. The tradition of porters in Nepal is an age-old phenomenon, but it is one of the least researched issues in the country. The findings of this study will provide invaluable and much needed background information on child porters to assist future action programmes aimed at eliminating this worst form of child labour. More specifically, the study focuses on uncovering the causes, characteristics, magnitude and consequences of these children and their involvement in this worst form, and to offer recommendations based on these findings. This study is based on the Rapid Assessment (RA) methodology developed by the International Labour Organization/International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (ILO/IPEC) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The Rapid Assessment combines both quantitative and qualitative data gathering tools, and is aimed at obtaining in-depth knowledge of a given phenomenon within a short period of time. Secondary information was obtained from the limited existing studies. Primary information consists of both quantitative and qualitative data that has been generated through interviews and field surveys, with an emphasis on qualitative data that may shed light on the exploitation of children serving as porters in Nepal.
Publisher:
IPEC/ILO, TU, CDPS ,   (2001 )
Type / Script:
Progress Report in English
Keywords:
CHILD LABOUR, CHILD WELFARE, CHILD PORTERS, RIGHTS OF THE CHILD, CHILDREN, ORPHANS, STREET CHILDREN, CHILD NEEDS, CHILD DEVELOPMENT, CHILD HEALTH, CHILD NUTRITION, CHILD SAFETY, FAMILY INCOME, MINORS, PARENT-CHILD RELATIONS, CHILD ABUSE, SOCIAL WELFARE, WORKING CONDITIONS, WAGES
Thematic Group:
 ILO : International Labor & Labor
Thesaurus:
12.06.00  -  Special Categories Of Workers
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