Children's well-being and work in Sub-Saharan-Africa


The majority of children in sub-Saharan Africa are engaged in some form of work, whether paid or unpaid. In Ethiopia, evidence from Young Lives shows that 90 per cent of 8 year olds undertook some form of work. Understanding how work affects children’s development and well-being, including their schooling, is critical for designing more effective child protection policies. We examine how work impacts on children’s opportunities to learn, physical health and subjective well-being.

This Brief draws on research presented at an East African Regional Symposium on Child Work/Child Labour hosted by Young Lives and Save the Children, with the support of the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF), in Addis Ababa.


Africa Child Policy Forum; Save the Children; Young Lives. Children’s well-being and work in Sub-Saharan-Africa. Young Lives, Department of International Development at the University of Oxford, Oxford, UK (2014) 8 pp. [ACPF/Save the Children/Young Lives Policy Brief]

Children’s well-being and work in Sub-Saharan-Africa

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