ECL CHRONOLOGY OF SERVICES
ECL’s mission is to eliminate the worst forms of child labor in the United States and abroad. Without competing objectives, ECL’s activities and services are singularly focused to ensure the greatest impact toward accomplishing its mission. ECL’s programs and projects are oriented to address the child labor problem from numerous approaches addressing the influence that key players can have on the problem. These include: the general public, parents, employers, teachers, governments, support organizations/agencies and, most especially, the children and youth themselves.
Following provides a brief summary of the activities and programs that ECL has been engaged in since it was founded in 1998:
PRESENTATIONS BEFORE RAMACAFE 2011 AND EXPOAPEN 2011
ECL staff served as a keynote speaker at RAMACAFE in September 2011 and EXPOAPEN in October 2011. The presentations provided an overview of the results of the CSR review and recommendations for a way forward for coffee producers. Combined, more than 700 coffee producers, buyers, exporters and brands were present at the conferences.
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (CSR) REVIEW OF COFFEE PRODUCTION IN NICARAGUA
ECL staff completed a CSR review, including a task mapping and job hazard/risk analysis, of a select number of coffee producers in Jinotega, Nicaragua. The coffee producers production ranged from 1 to 1800 mansanas. The CSR review was conducted using ISO 26000, Chapter 6 as the framework. The task mapping and job hazard/risk analysis included a close examination of the work performed by children and youth. The results of the analysis will aid coffee producers in the design of an accident and injury prevention program for their workers and offered strategies for eliminating child labor. Two reports were generated based on the review.
MONITORING AND EVALUATION OF USAID PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM ECHOES II IN WEST AFRICA
IIECL completed its work on the baseline study and rural community labor market assessment for the ECHOES II program. Four publications were created that summarized the results of the studies with two reports for Cote d’Ivoire and two for Ghana.
MONITORING AND EVALUATION OF THE COMMUNITY TEACHERS PROGRAM (CTP) IN GHANA
ECL conducted the final evaluation of the CTP in Ghana. This included the on-site review of teacher training at the Colleges of Education, tutorial classes held on weekends and on-site observations of teacher trainees in the classroom. The report of the final evaluation was submitted in June 2011.
RAPID ASSESSMENT AND PROGRAM DESIGN TO ADDRESS CHILD LABOR IN ETHIOPIA
ECL staff worked with American Institutes for Research (AIR) to conduct a rapid assessment and create the design for a program to improve policy and laws regarding child labor in Ethiopia.
MONITORING AND EVALUATION OF USAID PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM ECHOES II IN WEST AFRICA
ECL continued its work on the baseline study of the ECHOES II program. With the addition of four new communities in Ghana (one being a control community) and three new communities in Cote d’Ivoire (one being a control community), and additional hamlets of the prior communities surveyed in 2009 (hamlets are feeder communities to the larger communities where ECHOES services are being provided), the baseline study has significantly broadened. Additional data cleaning, entry and tabulation is underway. The data from the second round baseline will be merged with the data from the first round baseline to provide a more comprehensive look at the primary and feeder communities that makeup the cocoa growing areas in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana where ECHOES II services will be conducted. The baseline study reports are planned to be released in 2010.
MONITORING AND EVALUATION OF A COMMUNITY TEACHERS PROGRAM (CTP) IN GHANA
ECL conducted a mid-term evaluation of the CTP in Ghana. This included the on-site review of teacher training at the Colleges of Education, tutorial classes held on weekends and on-site observations of teacher trainees in the classroom. The report of the mid-term evaluation is under development and planned to be submitted in June 2010.