Children’s work and mobility

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO) 168 million children are still involved in child labor. Child labor has been a key area for Fafo's international research for many years. A number of the institutes' academic staff has been involved in the studies produced.

Fafo's research has predominantly taken place in Africa, focusing on areas such as child domestic labor, agricultural child labor and child soldiering.

Fafo also studies the economic activities of street child populations, and extensive surveys of the labor migrations and trafficking of children have been conducted in a number of countries.

Fafo served as verifying agency for the industry efforts to curb child labor in the coco sector in West Africa through certification, following the Harkin Bill.

Currently, Fafo is involved in a major survey on child domestic labor in Haiti.












Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi visits Fafo for a Child Labor Workshop. Photo: Fafo
Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi visits Fafo for a Child Labor Workshop



Hedda Flatø, Ingunn Bjørkhaug, Anette Brunovskis og Mona Christophersen
Fafo-notat 2021:14
Rapport Fafo 2014:57
Henriette Lunde, Jing Liu and Jon Pedersen
Fafo-report 2014:56
Henriette Lunde
Young Haitian Labour Migrants
Risks and opportunities in Haiti and in the Dominican Republic
Fafo-report 2010:24
Morten Bøås and Anne Huser
Child labour and cocoa production in West Africa
The case of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. Research Program on Trafficking and Child Labour
Fafo-report 522
Lise Bjerkan and Christophe Gironde
Achievements and setbacks in the fights against child labour
Assessment of the Oslo Conference on Child Labour October 27 – 30, 1997
Fafo-report 439
Line Eldring
Fafo-paper 2003:16
Bjørne Grimsrud (ed.)
The Next Steps
Experiences and analysis of how to eradicate child labour
Other Fafo-publications
Bjørne Grimsrud (red.)
Barnearbeid og næringslivets ansvar
Seminarrapport fra Utenriksdepartementets strategiseminar
Fafo-rapport 374
Tone Sommerfelt (ed.)
Domestic Child Labour in Morocco
An analysis of the parties involved in relationships to “Petites Bonnes”
Fafo-report 370
Line Eldring, Sabata Nakanyane and Malehoko Tshoaedi
Child Labour in the Tobacco Growing Sector in Africa
Report prepared for the IUF/ITGA/BAT Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour, Nairobi 8-9th October 2000
Fafo-paper 2000:21
Bjørne Grimsrud and Liv Jorunn Stokke
Fafo-report 233
Bjørne Grimsrud and Arne Melchior (eds.)
Andre Fafo-utgivelser
Bjørne Grimsrud og Arne Melchior (red.)
Fafo-rapport 187

Hatløy A

Life as a child domestic worker in Haiti

The Journal of Haitian Studies