ICI unites the private sector, civil society, governments and farmers to protect children in cocoa-growing communities.
The Jacobs Foundation
The Jacobs Foundation is an international, charitable foundation, promoting child and youth development. It allocates a budget of approximately 40 million Swiss francs per year to fund research projects, intervention programs and scientific institutions. It is committed to scientific excellence and evidence-based research. The Jacobs Foundation has funded an ICI-led research looking at the impact of increasing productivity on the labour market and child labour risk in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. The Jacobs Foundation is also funding ICI to develop a Child Labour Proxy Risk Indicator for Cote d’Ivoire. This is being done in collaboration with Understanding Children’s Work (UCW) and the National Institute of Statistics in Cote d’Ivoire. Last year the Jacobs Foundation committed CHF 50 million to transform education, empower women and reinforce child protection in cocoa-growing communities in Ivory Coast. Called TRECC (Transforming education in cocoa communities), and building on CocoaAction, the initiative is already linking ICI’s expertise with Nestlé’s funding on the Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation System, aiming at remedial education for children at-risk of child labour (through education support), identified child labourers (through bridging classes and vocational training) as well as women benefiting from income generating activities.
United States Department of Labor
In 2016, ICI and Côte d’Ivoire’s National Surveillance Committee launched the Eliminating Child Labor in Cocoa (ECLIC) project with funding from the Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), a department of the United States Department of Labour.
With the financial assistance of the ILAB, the ECLIC project will enable 50 cocoa-farming communities to develop Community Action Plans. In turn this will help to safeguard 5,450 vulnerable children from hazardous labour.