Press release

IDS welcomes UK government commitment to tackle modern slavery and child labour

Published on 24 September 2018

In a speech at the UN General Assembly, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) Secretary of State Penny Mordaunt MP will announce a range of new initiatives that will improve understanding of the factors that drive modern slavery and the worst forms of child labour and develop innovative interventions to counteract them.

The programme “Tackling the drivers of modern slavery and child labour – a child centred approach” will be funded by the UK Department of International Development and led by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS).  IDS will be working with partners across the sector to identify ways in which children’s options to avoid engagement in hazardous, exploitative labour can be increased.  Core partners are Terre des hommes, ChildHope, Consortium for Street Children, the Ethical Trading Initiative, and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

The programme will focus its work around three target countries – Bangladesh, Myanmar and Nepal – and will be built upon a large-scale action research process.  There will be four key strands of work:

  1. Innovations in targeted social protection.
  2. Supporting positive family dynamics and social norms.
  3. Revealing and reducing harm in supply chains
  4. Building children’s agency and child-led coalitions.

Professor Danny Burns, Programme Director, based at the Institute of Development Studies said:

“This programme is designed to generate innovation from the ground which can sustainably improve the lives of many children across Asia who work under terrible and hazardous conditions.

The programme will build on a growing body of research that IDS is undertaking on these issues, and is part of a broader area of work on participation, inclusion and social change at the Institute.”


 Contact: All media enquiries should contact [email protected] or call IDS communications on +44 (0)1273 915640.

 Notes to Editors:

  1. The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a leading global institution for development research, teaching and learning, and impact and communications, based at the University of Sussex. Our vision is of equal and sustainable societies, locally and globally, where everyone can live secure, fulfilling lives free from poverty and injustice. We believe passionately that cutting-edge research, knowledge and evidence are crucial in shaping the changes needed for our broader vision to be realised, and to support people, societies and institutions to navigate the challenges ahead. See for more information.
  2. Key IDS projects on modern slavery and child labour include:
  1. Key IDS publications and blogs on modern slavery and child labour include:

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