Welcome to the website of the Tulane University Payson Center project on:
 
Oversight of Public and Private Initiatives to Eliminate the Worst Forms of Child Labor in the Cocoa Sector in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana
 
 
  Project Summary  
 

"Oversight of Public and Private Initiatives to Eliminate the Worst Forms of Child Labor in the Cocoa Sector in Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana" is a four and a half year project spearheaded by the Payson Center for International Development at Tulane University and financed by the U.S. Department of Labor. As part of the Tulane-USDOL contract, Tulane studies progress made towards the elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor (WFCL) and Forced Adult Labor (FAL) in the cocoa sector of Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana and towards meeting obligations under the Harkin-Engel Protocol, a voluntary agreement against the WFCL and FAL signed in September 2001 by the Chocolate Manufacturers Association (CMA) and the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) and witnessed by the congressional offices of U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.).

Since the start of the Tulane-USDOL collaboration in October 2006, Tulane has implemented several representative population-based household surveys of child labor in the cocoa sector, examined efforts by the international cocoa/chocolate industry and the governments of Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana to establish child labor monitoring, certification and verification systems, studied remediation activities and other interventions against the WFCL and FAL in the cocoa sector financed by the cocoa/chocolate industry and trained government officials in Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana to remediate the WFCL and monitor the number of children working in this sector. Tulane's research findings are reported in annual reports to the U.S. Congress, which are also made available on Tulane's project Website.

For additional information on project activities and methods see “project details.”

Update:

Final Report on the Status of Public and Private Efforts to Eliminate the Worst Forms of Child Labor (WFCL) in the Cocoa Sectors of Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana. March 31, 2011. Download...

Fourth Annual Report: Oversight of Public and Private Initiatives to Eliminate the Worst Forms of Child Labor in the Cocoa Sector in Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana. September 30, 2010. Download...

Materials from 2010 Consultative Meetings in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.

Third Annual Report: Oversight of Public and Private Initiatives to Eliminate the Worst Forms of Child Labor in the Cocoa Sector in Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana. October 2009. Download...

Summary of Tulane University Project Activities in Year 3. Presentation: June 2009. Download...

Annual Survey of Child Labor in the Cocoa-Growing Areas of Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana. Presentation: June 2009. Download...

Assessment of Child Labor in the Cocoa Supply Chain in Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana. Presentation: June 2009. Download...

Assessment of Efforts to Develop and Implement a Cocoa Certification System and an Independent Verification System. Presentation: June 2009. Download...

Intervention Database: A Preliminary Report on the Status of the Invervention Inventory in the Cocoa Growing Areas. Presentation: June 2009. Download...

Second Annual Report: Oversight of Public and Private Initiatives to Eliminate the Worst Forms of Child Labor in the Cocoa Sector in Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana. October 2008. Download...

First Annual Report: Oversight of Public and Private Initiatives to Eliminate the Worst Forms of Child Labor in the Cocoa Sector in Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana. October 2007. Download...

Consultative Meeting in Washington DC, US Department of Labor, Washington, DC
July 18, 2008: Agenda. Download...

Réunion Consultative – Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire – 11 juillet 2008: Programme Provisoire. Download...

Consultative Meeting – Accra, Ghana – July 14, 2008. Draft Agenda. Download...

Réunion Consultative – Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire – 11 juillet 2008: Procès verbal. Download...