Child Labor

Pact’s efforts focus on stemming what the International Labour Organization considers one of the Worst Forms of Child Labor: child labor at mine sites, which exposes kids to dangerous conditions, physical injury, mental stress, disease and disenfranchisement.


With projects in Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania, Pact has worked for more than a decade to address child labor in mining. Using a systemic, integrated approach that is tailored to each community, we begin by conducting research into what factors are contributing to child labor. Then we work in partnership with communities, governments, the private sector and miners themselves to address those factors. Along the way, we build the capacity of local institutions, including schools, health and social service agencies and child protection organizations. 

Our work in mining communities

Read our new Children out of Mining report and Breaking the Chain, which explore factors contributing to child labor in the DRC.