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The International Labour Organization (ILO) says that applications are now open for its SDG 8.7 Innovation Challenge.

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The challenge is part of efforts by the ILO to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically SDG 8.7, which relates to ending the worst forms of child labour. As such, the ILO invites applications from organizations with innovative ideas that can help the world move closer to this goal.

Applicants may be government agencies, companies, NGOs, academic institutions, or other organizations from anywhere in the world. All that’s required is that they possess workable solutions to the problems of child labour, forced labour, and human trafficking.



Three winners will emerge from the pool of applicants.

The selected applicant will receive $30,000 to execute the solution they propose. A winning proposal will receive support from the Research to Action Project to execute a project of up to $20,000 if it contains a plan for innovative financing.

Winning proposals will also get technical support to implement their ideas, the opportunity to pilot-test in various countries, visibility at the Global Conference on Child Labour in 2022, and access to experts working in the area concerned.

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The ILO will accept applications from individuals and organizations, including those functioning at the local, national, or regional levels. The solutions proposed may be at any stage of development, and should target one of the Alliance 8.7 pathfinder countries (Nigeria is a member of this group).

Solutions may focus on a single country or may take a regional approach. They should also include a plan for an innovative financing mechanism for the solution they propose.


Applicants should begin by studying the guidelines for the contest. They may then proceed to access the application platform, sign up on it, and set up their profile.

After this, applicants should download and fill the application form, add their idea, and submit their applications.

Applicants will receive a confirmation email after they have completed the application process.

The deadline for applications is August 15, 2021, at 11.59 PM Geneva time. Winners will be announced on October 15; their project will be implemented in 2022.

To find out more and apply for this competition, click here.

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This article was first published on 15th July 2021


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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