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Madagascar has the world’s fifth highest number of out-of-school children, half of the children under the age of five are malnourished, and 74% are living below the national poverty line. In 2018, 47% of all Malagasy children aged 5-17 were engaged in child labour - a shocking figure. Madagascar is also one of the countries in the world most severely impacted by natural disasters. In March 2019, 1.3 million people were severely affected by food insecurity.

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February 19th, 2021

U.S. Department of Labor supports UNDP and its partners in efforts to end child labor in Madagascar’s mica mining

Antananarivo, February 19th, 2021 - The United States Department of Labor (USDOL) announced this month a US$4.…

November 1st, 2019

Report: Child labour in Madagascar's Mica sector

Impact of the mica supply chain on children’s rights from the Malagasy mines to the international product line…

Our work in Madagascar

It is a challenge to make a decent living in the impoverished south of Madagascar. Mica mining is one of very few options for people to earn a low but relatively steady source of income. Mica is mined by families - parents and children together - who suffer in harsh, unhealthy and unsafe working conditions and may earn just enough to afford one meal a day.

The rights of many children in the mining communities are violated. They go to work from a young age on an empty stomach in unsafe conditions and do not have the chance to go to school, play or rest.


Ending Child Labour

At least 11,000 children work in mica mining in Madagascar. This must stop. We remove children from working in mines, and support the mica mining communities to earn a decent living. We provide them protection, care, education and legal support. We take action with governments and educate communities about children’s rights. 

We are implementing two projects: one funded by the Dutch Enterprise Agency (RVO) in collaboration with UNICEF and the other funded by US Department of Labor in collaboration with UNDP, UNICEF and the Responsible Mica Initiative.

We work with companies to take their responsibility in the mica supply chain. We campaign, lobby and advocate to bring this issue to light and improve legislation.  Join our fight. Stop child exploitation in Madagascar.

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