The US Department of Labour’s Bureau of International Labour Affairs (ILAB) on Tuesday last week announced a $5 million solicitation for cooperative agreement applications to support Myanmar’s efforts to reduce child labour.
“The projects funded under this solicitation will develop pilot programmes to remove or prevent children from exploitative labour and raise awareness in support of Burma’s efforts to comply with international standards,” the US Department of Labour said in a statement.
The department said eligible applicants should propose research that yields much-needed credible, comprehensive data on the extent of child labour in Myanmar.
“The project will build the capacity of national and local organisations to advocate for a reduction of child labour and improve access to quality education and other relevant services for children and their families,” the Labour Department said.
Details on application procedure are available in the US Department of Labour website.
The US Congress has appropriated funds for ILAB to support international technical cooperation projects to combat the worst forms of child labour as defined by the International Labour Organization Convention.
ILAB grants address child labour through the provision of educational services for children and livelihood support for their households. ILAB also supports the collection of data on child labour and helps strengthen the capacity of governments to address child labour.