Promoting and Protecting the Interest of Children who Work (PPIC-Work)

Background: Promoting and Protecting the Interest of Children who Work (PPIC-Work) improved the working conditions and learning opportunities of working children who engaged in the growing micro and small enterprise sector in Egypt. PPIC Work store2Utilizing a gender-sensitive, rights-based approach PPIC-Work served the interests of working children by working with and through self-financing microfinance institutions.

PPIC-Work partners recognized that children worked in many of their client businesses for a variety of reasons but the principal motivations were poverty and failures within the formal educational system.

Working children, their families and business owners collaborated with PPIC-Work partner agencies to develop a series of intervention tools that can be integrated into microfinance programs. These interventions were organized around three main themes: working conditions, learning opportunities and key processes that support children's involvement in the project.

PPIC Work scaleProject Goal: Improve the working conditions and learning opportunities for economically active children, both boys and girls, who participated economically in the growing M/SME sector in Egypt.

Reach: Developed holistic programming with three Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs) to reach approximately 4,500 working children and their business owners.

Funder: Global Affairs Canada (GAC)

Project Length: 2002 to 2011