Evidence from a refugee camp in northern Kenya.
With Dr Sarah Walker, School of Economics, UNSW Business School.
An estimated 246 million children are engaged in child labor worldwide. The incidence is highest in Sub-Saharan Africa, where traditional livelihoods have become increasingly threatened by climate disturbances and insecurity. While paid child labor is often a necessary response to intolerable circumstances, such decisions can seriously undermine child welfare in the future. In this context, questions of agency – that is, the capacity to act independently and make one’s own choices – are central to addressing child labor.
This webinar presents new research findings from a study of child laborers working in a large refugee camp in northern Kenya to understand whether children exercise agency in the decision to work, and if so, how this agency is shaped by their economic environment.
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