Child labour is a serious and contentious issue throughout the developing world and it continues to be a problem whose form and very meaning shifts with social, geographical, economic and cultural context. While the debate about child labour practice in developing countries appears to be motivated by growing competition in labour intensive products brought about by globalization, studies on this issue are both sparse and lopsided. This important book aims to shed light on this debate by documenting the experience of South Asian developing countries which have experienced rapid income and export growth. Based on evidence from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, this volume aims to improve our understanding about the link between trade, growth and child labour practices, as well as management of child labour in developing countries.
Gamini Herath is Associate Professor in Economics at Deakin University, Australia. Kishor Sharma is Associate Professor at the School of Management, Charles Sturt University, Australia.
'Millions of children are forced to work in often poor conditions in developing countries, particularly in South Asia.They miss school and are denied a decent future. In Child Labour in South Asia Herath and Sharma provide valuable insights into relevant economic theories, reasons for child labour, its trade impacts and other consequences. Their insights are backed up by authoritative chapters by other contributors. Child Labour in South Asia makes an important integrated contribution to development studies and fills a literature gap. It will be of interest to all involved in development studies and will be essential reading for those particularly concerned about social and economic issues involving the employment of child labour.' Clem Tisdell, University of Queensland, Australia 'This volume provides a comprehensive description and a solid analytical treatment of child labour issues in South Asia, examining the links between child labour, poverty, education, gender, and economic growth. It is an important contribution to both the theoretical and empirical literature on child labour in developing countries. It can be strongly recommended to researchers, development practitioners, as well as policy makers interested in child welfare and economic development.' Sisira Jayasuriya, University of Melbourne, Australia 'This edited volume offers detailed accounts of child labor issues in South Asia, examining the linkages among child labor, poverty, education, gender and economic growth. The careful documentation of the experiences of South Asian developing countries will be of interest to those interested in development studies, and an important contribution for those concerned about social and economic issues involving child labor in South Asia.' The Journal of Comparative Asian Development