Chronic Conflict, Poverty, and Child Labor: Evidence from Kandahar, Bamyan, Herat, and Balkh

All studies of child labor show, overwhelmingly, that poverty is a major driver of the problem. Children engaged in work are often deprived of education and therefore miss out on the life opportunities that formal education can bring. There are, in addition, societal impacts from widespread child labor, such as the emergence of whole generations of adults who have grown up deprived of basic life skills and development needs. This increases the likelihood of perpetuating the cycle of poverty and vulnerability that fuels child labor. The research was carried out to examine the forms and perceived consequences of child labor as it is practiced in Afghanistan, including the physical, psychological and social growth implications for children

Authors:   Holland Dana, Parto Saeed
Research Fields:   Human Security Reports