Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Child Labour

Capacity Building Programme

 25-27 September 2017 at Visthar, Bangalore

SDGs are based on the conviction that fundamental transformation is needed in society and the economy.   They define a paradigm shift for people and planet. As against the MDGs, SDGs are stated to be inclusive and people-centred, and leaves no one behind.  The economic, social and environmental dimensions of development are taken into consideration and is believed to be rooted in a spirit of solidarity, cooperation, mutual accountability between governments and all stakeholders.

SDGs are based on a philosophy that all human beings should fulfil their potential in dignity and equality and protect the planet from degradationso that it can support the needs of the present and future generations. Prosperity and fulfilment depends on how effectively we align economic, social and technological progress with nature. Fostering peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence is another core principle of SDGs. There can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development.  SDGs recognize that global partnership based on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable is essential for taking this transformative agenda forward.  This involves Governments, the UN system and other international institutions, local authorities, indigenous peoples, civil society, business and the private sector, the scientific and academic community – and all people.


SDGs consist of 17 action oriented, global in nature and universally applicable goals, 169 quantified targets and 241 global indicators to measure progress towards the targets. The 2030 Agenda is a call for justice addressed to everyone. The SDGs need to be appropriated by individuals, communities and civil society to start a bottom-up process, translating the goals into local realities.  We need to look at the global goals and aspirations as addressed to our constituencies and local communities. What can we do to implement the SDGs at our own level, in our work to ensure child rights and establish Child Labour Free Zones?How do we give everyone a sense of ownership and responsibility for the implantation of these global goals?

Capacity building on SDGs and Child Labour

SDG 4focuses on‘ensuringinclusive and equitable quality education andpromoting lifelong learning opportunities for all’. Besides the targets related to this goal, target 8.7 focuses on ‘eradicating forced labour,ending modern slavery and human trafficking and prohibition and elimination of  the worst forms of child labour’.  There are also other targets within the SDGs which refer to rectifying a range of child rights violations.  Target 16.2 focuses on ‘ending abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children’.

Pathwaywayto sustainability need to be  one of empowerment, collaboration and continual processes of questioning, learning and action.What are the things that we can do to implement the SDGs at the local level, especially in relation to SDG 4?How do we ensure that the implementation takes into account local realities ofmultiple oppressions based on caste, ethnicity, class, religion, abilities, etc.Are the indicators within SDG4 adequate for our context?  Can we ensure   inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning’ without eliminating child labour and ending gender and other identity based discriminations?

How do we build   governance mechanisms and involve various stakeholders. 

Why capacity building focussing on SDGs ?

Not many South Asian NGOs, activists, government officials, research institutions and students are aware of SDGs, targets and indicators, and their strengths and weaknesses, including gender equality andequitable and inclusive education  specific goals.Further, not many have the skills to monitor the goals, targets and indicators.We also need to identify participatory strategies for helping community/leaders to monitor SDGs, targets and indicators they feel are relevant.

 A 3-day    capacity building workshop is planned primarily for ICCO-KIA partners working on child labour / child rights related issues.  The workshop aims to strengthen the capacity of NGOs and activists in SDG 4.

 Specific objectives of the workshop include strengthening participants’ understanding of:

 1.      The concepts of equity, equality, diversity, inclusion  and empowerment

 2.      Gender and disability inclusion – concepts  and processes

 3.      SDGs and  their importance and relevance for Stop Child Labour Programme (SCLP)

4.        SDG targets and  indicators pertaining to SDG 4 and their strengths and weaknesses

5.        Developing monitoring tools for  SDG 4and related indicators at community level

 6.      Review SCLP measures to end child labour.

 7.      Identifying good practices to contribute towards SDG-4  and other child rights related  targets


Course Fee and Registration

Participants are expected to take care of their travel.   ICCO-KIA will sponsor the board and lodging during the workshop. Register before the 30th of August   by mailing Joseph Thomas    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with a copy to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


August 2017



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