ACCEL Africa - Egypt

Egypt’s cotton-growing is widely known to be a high risk activity with low margins of profit for many producers, as it is greatly affected by climatic conditions and subject to volatility of international cotton prices.

Child labour - including worst forms of child labour - is common in cotton production: reportedly, the sector employs millions of children each year to cultivate, harvest and process it.

Through an integrated approach, the project seeks to promote enhanced national legislation and policies, to address the basic needs and rights of children engaged or at risk of child labour. It also aims to adopt an integrated area based approach, embedded in a value chain approach including cooperation with local industry and international buyers to achieve better compliance with international labour standards and reach more international market share for Egypt


  1. Article

    The ILO Accel Africa supports Improved apprenticeship in dual education system through transition from school to work training.

    21 April 2022

    The Dual Education System (DES) is a unique 3-year governmental technical vocational education system that combines on-the-job training and off-the-job learning. After the 3 years, apprentices earn a technical education diploma, in addition to a local certificate from the investors' association or the authority supervising on-the-job training, which facilitates the apprentices' professional career. Apprenticeship contracts did not specify the hours of training at the company level. In addition, the rights and responsibilities of apprentices in the workplace are not known, which can lead to them performing hazardous work and experiencing the worst forms of child labor.

  2. Vacancy notice

    Terms of Reference-Recruitment of a consultant for the development of a Child Labour Training Package for Businesses

    24 November 2021

    This assignment aims as a General Objective to produce a training tool to strengthen the capacity of businesses to apply the ILO-IOE guidance tool in their child labour due diligence efforts. The training tool will provide specific examples, practical checklists, concrete case studies and scenarios that will foster a more practical implementation of the ILO-IOE guidelines.

  3. Article

    Supporting Children's Rights through Education, Art and Media (SCREAM) in Egypt.

    13 June 2021

    The video includes interviews with a number of boys and girls describing their experience as being exposed to child labour. In addition, it includes interviews with the staff of Child Labour Center staff on their role and reflection on the programme. SCREAM included puppet theater, interactive theater and art exhibition of children on child labour.

  4. Press release

    Take Action: Put an End to Child Labour!

    12 June 2021

    This year's World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL) - which comes on June 12 of each year - is considered as an opportunity to urge the tripartite constituents of the International Labour Organization (government - employers - workers) to take decisive actions to eliminate child labour. WDACL 202 focuses on actions taken since the declaration of The United Nations General Assembly this year 2021 is the "International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour".

  5. Article

    Journalists have a key role to play in the collective effort to eliminate child labour

    04 June 2021

    Through the Accel Africa Reporting on child labour in Africa course, learners are introduced to a number of different issues, including international labour standards, ethical reporting of child-related information, or collecting testimonies from vulnerable sources of information. They also learn about the relevant context of child labour in agricultural supply chains, such as in the tobacco, cotton or cocoa industries.