Delegates to the 5th Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labor say strengthening social protection will be needed to address the problem.

Global anti-child activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarti says there is also a need to control supply chains through a multi-stakeholder approach.

A study by the International Labor Organization (ILO) shows that child labor has increased by 16.6 million in sub-Saharan Africa over the past four years.

Satyarthi says rich countries need to develop compassion and a sense of immediate support for children in poor countries.

“Costs or investments for 40% of children are less than 2%, and this is unacceptable, and this also includes social protection, but social protection needs to be demystified. People should not invest in this big phrase, very simple, education for children, health for children, food for children, it takes 53 billion dollars.

Stats SA says child labor is less than 5% in South Africa:

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