The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimated in 2012 that 168 million children are involved in child labour. More than half of them, 85 million, are involved in hazardous work. Children work mainly to contribute to their family income. Poverty in childhood is often the root cause of poverty in adulthood. The most recent ILO Study, covering the period between 2000 and 2012 revealed that the number of children in child labour has declined globally by one third since 2000, from 246 million to 168 million children. More than half of them, 85 million, are in hazardous work (down from 171 million in 2000). Child labour among girls has fallen by fourty per cent since 2000, compared to twenty five per cent for boys. However, the progress made so far is too slow.
Terre des Hommes Netherlands (TdH NL) aims to eradicate the Worst Forms of Child Labour by 2025. Terre des Hommes works in difficult areas in Asia and East Africa. TdH NL is making significant contributions to reducing child labour in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia. In Asia, the Worst Forms of Child Labour Programme of TdH NL is running in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand and the Philippines.