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Teaching new sewing skills in Malawi


Promoting decent work

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the United Nation’s specialized agency for the world of work and has the world’s leading program for the elimination of child labor. Underlying the ILO’s work is the importance of cooperation between governments and employers’ and workers’ organizations in fostering social and economic progress.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) was created in 1919, as part of the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I, to reflect the belief that universal and lasting peace can be accomplished only if it is based on social justice. The driving forces for the ILO's creation arose from security, humanitarian, political and economic considerations, and it brought together the three major parties: governments, employers, and bodies representing workers’ interests. Today, the ILO is devoted to promoting social justice and internationally recognized human and labor rights, pursuing its founding mission that labor peace is essential to prosperity. It promotes rights at work, encourages decent employment opportunities, enhances social protection and strengthens dialogue on work-related issues.

The ILO aims to achieve reduction of child labor by strengthening the capacity of countries to deal with the problem, and by promoting a worldwide movement to combat child labor. It works closely with governments and communities to develop effective programs to address the underlying causes of child labor and sees local and national government ownership of these as critical to success.

For more information about the ILO please visit

‘ARISE is a ground breaking public-private partnership that develops and tests innovative models. The ILO is very pleased to be working in partnership with JTI and Winrock International. Together, we have a very hands-on and multifaceted approach to reducing child labor.’

The ILO is pleased to be working with JTI and Winrock International because the partnership program recognises that governments must be at the heart of sustainable child labor elimination efforts. We have the opportunity to build capacity, strengthen child labor monitoring mechanisms, and facilitate the comprehensive educational, social and financial support necessary to tackle this very complex problem in earnest.

Beate Andrees

Branch Chief, Chief of the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch of the ILO Governance and Tripartism Department


Baking entrepreneurs

The ARISE Program training has helped two mothers set up successful small-scale baking businesses.

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Our activities

Our activities aim to address the underlying root causes of child labor in the tobacco industry.

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Brazil, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia

We reach thousands of children and their families.

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ARISE aims to end child labor in communities where JTI sources tobacco leaf. We work with those directly affected and with others who have the power to change things. Our initiatives are developed and delivered in collaboration with tobacco-growing communities, social partners and governments.