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Issue Brief

Combating Child Labor in Rwanda

Title
Combating Child Labor in Rwanda
Date
May, 2017
Market
International Development
Practice Areas
Child Labor, Youth & Workforce Development
Forced Labor
Services
Mixed Method Evaluations
Policy/Program Analysis
Client
US Department of Labor Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB)
Methodologies
Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT)

This project brief describes IMPAQ’s randomized control trial of the Rwanda Education Alternatives for Children in Teagrowing Areas (REACH-T) program. Specifically, IMPAQ is evaluating the Modern Farm Schools component of the program, which was launched in 2014 and is implemented by Winrock International in collaboration with child labor and tea production organizations across Rwanda. Modern Farm Schools support Rwandan youth with agricultural vocational education and improved employment opportunities.

Through this evaluation, IMPAQ will be able to assess to what extent the intervention is able to reduce hazardous work practices, with a focus on agriculture. Our team of researchers is conducting a randomized control trial of two groups – a treatment group which receives the Modern Farm School vocational training program, and a control group that does not. Upon conclusion of the study period, any detected differences in hazardous child labor incidents between the treatment and control group can then be solely attributed to the program.

This evaluation is part of a cross-country series of ILAB evaluations that IMPAQ is conducting in India, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Malawi.