January 23, 2015
The Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) announced that IMPAQ International has been awarded a five-year, $4.19M cooperative agreement to assess the efficacy of interventions aimed at combating child labor in India, Malawi, Panama, Ecuador, and Rwanda.
An estimated 215 million children are engaged in child labor worldwide, and nearly 21 million are victims of forced labor. Under this agreement, ‚ÄúClosing the Child Labor and Forced Labor Evidence Gap: Impact Evaluations,‚ÄĚ IMPAQ will design and implement random control trials to assist ILAB in determining the effectiveness of interventions aimed at reducing child labor. For example, in India, IMPAQ will evaluate the efficacy of the Child Friendly Villages program implemented by Bachpan Bachao Andolan, an organization founded by 2014 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Kailash Satyarthi.
This award follows closely on another ILAB award to IMPAQ in December 2014, ‚ÄúChild Labor Beneficiary Monitoring Toolkit.‚ÄĚ Under this $1M agreement, IMPAQ will develop guidelines and resources to be used by child labor elimination projects, providing guidance in their development and implementation of tracking systems to monitor children‚Äôs education and work status. Additionally, IMPAQ will develop a prototype tracking database that will be provided to ILAB grantees who are seeking to develop child labor monitoring programs.
‚ÄúThese projects provide IMPAQ with the opportunity to identify the most effective ways to reduce child labor internationally, and provide tools to drive further reductions,‚ÄĚ said IMPAQ President Avi Benus. He added, ‚ÄúIt is through this and similar work that IMPAQ is able to demonstrate its core value of improving the lives of people across the globe through the design, implementation, and evaluation of innovative policies and programs.‚ÄĚ
About IMPAQ International
IMPAQ¬†International is a public policy research firm that drives value by utilizing innovative thinking and rigorous approaches to improve our clients‚Äô policies and programs, delivering meaningful, real world impact.¬†IMPAQ‚Äôs¬†mission is to provide exemplary research and consulting services through the use of impact evaluation studies, applied research, policy analysis, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and technical assistance. The company provides services spanning multiple industries and policy domains, including health, labor, education, human services, survey research, international development, and technology solutions. For more information, visit http://www.impaqint.com.‚Äč
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