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Going Where the Children Are…. An Evaluation of ILO-IPEC Programmes in Thailand, Philippines, Colombia, Costa Rica and Nicaragua

This report is based on a comprehensive thematic evaluation report prepared by two independent evaluators with extensive experience in the area of action against trafficking and sexual exploitation. These authors presented recommendation on programming process. Understanding of trafficking and sexual exploitation (TSE) and its causes. ILO-IPEC should consider how the lack of use/understanding of the term and phenomenon of ‘trafficking’ in Latin America limits its potential for programming in this area and how this conceptual gap might be bridged through research and awareness-raising, including among ILO-IPEC staff and programme partners. It should consider research findings that suggests that mitigating the effects of family breakdown, tackling substance abuse, targeting sexual abuse by parents and care-takers, reducing the demand for under-age sex, and working to reduce impact of consumer pressure on children and young people are the most immediate areas for programme response to TSE in many if not most countries of Asia. Identification of target groups. Attention should be given to children working in entertainment and tourism-related industries known to provide multiple situations of vulnerability. It should involve young people themselves as active participants in programme, and not just passive beneficiaries. The author noted that young people are particularly effective partners in programme targeting other young people. Implementation strategy. ILO-IPEC should consider developing further its funding of modest information resource centres in support of regional plans, networking and coordination; and ensure that the regional plans developed with its support pay due attention to as an almost inevitable component of any labour exploitation of children. Advocacy and social mobilization. Targeted, strategically conceived and produced TV and radio programming to raise awareness and understanding of TSE are potentially high impact and low cost when made by professional broadcasters as part of their normal programming. Communication projects that are non-traditional, innovative, entertaining and participatory should be funded as it has impact on specific groups. For young people, non-printed formats are crucial to education efforts.


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