A product of the ongoing ‘Monitoring of Children and Students in the Cotton Fields in Tajikistan’ project conducted by International Organization for Migration (IOM) and sponsored by the United States Department of State’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), this report represents the third annual assessment of the project’s monitoring, analytic, and preventative measures. As in previous years, the project’s objective remains the provision of assistance to the Government of Tajikistan (GOT) in the latter’s implementation of its National Action Plan on Combating Human Trafficking, 2011–2013. IOM’s efforts, as outlined in this report, have been focused within the scope of this Action Plan on monitoring and preventing the use of child labour in cotton harvesting – in addition to furthering efforts to move the Tajik labour market away from the broader use of child labour as per the Government of Tajikistan’s ‘State Strategy on Labour Market Development until 2020.’
As in previous years, the 2012 Cotton Monitoring Campaign’s immediate objectives remained an assessment of the overall progress made in Tajikistan to prevent the use of child labour in the cotton harvest, as well the heightening of coordination between NGOs and GOT agencies and general social awareness about the exploitation of child labour.
IOM strongly believes that the success of the Monitoring of Children and Students in the Cotton Fields in Tajikistan project points not only to progress made against the use of child labour in the cotton harvest, but also demonstrates the ongoing value of cooperation between government agencies, civil society, and international organizations.