Poverty and Working Children
Researcher: Ferdous Jahan
Save the Children UK (SCUK) with the support of the European Commission launched the Poverty and Working Children project in 2004 to improve, monitor and understand the multidimensional complexities surrounding child labour. BRAC Development Institute (BDI), now a part of BIGD, and BRAC Research and Evaluation Division (RED) conducted a series of research initiatives as part of the PWC project. Poverty and Working Children project has completed the following studies:
- Changing Child Labour Practices in Bangladesh: Employers’ Perceptions.
The study explores the change in labour practices and attitudes of employers in the northern district of Nilphamari and shows that there has been a marked change in child labour employment conditions.
- Livelihood and Survival Strategies of Dhaka’s Urban Poor Working Children: A Case Study of Waste-Pickers.
This case study gives an insight into the lives of the collectors of recyclable-waste in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The study shows that the children involved in this industry lead fragile but sustainable lives.
- Children’s Education and Labour: Effects of BRAC’s TUP Programme.
This qualitative study analyses the effects of BRAC’s TUP programme on child labour and children’s education in ultra poor households. It explores the reasons behind financial changes brought on by the TUP programme.
- State of Child-Labour among the Rural Ultra Poor: A Case of CFPR/TUP Beneficiaries.
This study explores the issue of child labour among the rural ultra poor of Bangladesh. It examines children working in different economic sectors such as poultry, livestock, nursery or day labour and how their lives have benefited from the TUP/CFPR programmes.
- Gender Disparity in School Access: An Assessment of Trends in Education
The report looks at access patterns of children belonging to extreme poor households – specifically how these children gain or denied access to education. At the same time, recent trends in primary school enrolment indicate that boys’ enrolment and attendance has begun to slip at the primary school level, leading to greater gender disparity for those children who pursue secondary education - which was also revealed in this report.
- Revisiting Child Labour Agenda: Reflections of PWC Project
Save the children UK implemented PWC project through various partner NGOs. After successful completion of PWC project, this research was held to evaluate and learn good practices from the PWC project. One urban project area (Dhaka Lalbag) and one rural project area (Khulna- Koyra) was selected for the research.