The Differential Impact of Child Labour on Boys and Girls in Africa

Introduction Child labour is a pervasive issue in Africa, affecting millions of children across the continent.[1] While both boys and girls are subjected to the rigors of child labour, the…

Child Lab(our): A Systematic Model for Addressing Child Labour

Introduction Our daughter became overexcited after receiving the first letter addressed in her name, an invitation to attend a school entrance examination. She has always wanted to receive a letter…

Time to act: Call for action against child labour in Malawi

The Malawi government developed the second National Action Plan on Child Labour (NAP II) from 2020 through 2025 to provide guidance on implementing the National Child Labour Policy. Experts believe…

Desmond Mhango’s Opinion and Experiences Concerning Child Labour in Malawi

Desmond Mhango concludes his series on Child Labour in Malawi with this final article. In this final article of the series Child Labor in Malawi, the author describes his own…

The State’s Responsibility to Address Child Labour

Desmond Mhango’s series on Child Labour in Malawi continues with this fifth article. Following his detailed explanation of the situational context of child labour in Malawi, including a depiction of…

Push Factors for Child Labour in Malawi

Desmond Mhango’s series on Child Labour in Malawi continues with this fourth article. Following his detailed explanation of the situational context of child labour in Malawi, including a depiction of…

Places and Practices of Child Labour in Malawi

Desmond Mhango’s series on Child Labour in Malawi continues with this third article. After elucidating the situational context of child labour, it becomes crucial to draw attention to the places…

Situational Context of Child Labour in Malawi

Desmond Mhango’s series (read his introduction here) on Child Labour in Malawi continues with this second article. Malawi has a total population of around 18 million people, with 50.6% (8,894,534)…

Introduction to the Series Child Labour in Malawi: Perspectives of Child Labour in Malawi

This article serves as introduction to a six-part series by author Desmond Mhango focusing on child labour in Malawi. The subject of child labour is a huge concern amongst policyholders…

Should we let children work? Reflections from the field

While preparing for my fieldwork on climate change-induced child labour in Malawi, my preliminary research participants revealed that there is no literal translation of the phrase “child labour” in Chichewa,…