The World Bank recognizes that child labor is one of the most devastating consequences of persistent poverty and has adopted a clear position to help reduce harmful child labor through its ongoing poverty reduction efforts and new initiatives. It is housed in the Human Development Hub's Social Protection Unit. Since its establishment, the Global Child Labor Program (GCLP) has functioned as the Bank’s focal point for child labor activities, training, capacity building and policy.
The overarching objectives of GCLP are to enhance the effectiveness and to increase the impact of the World Bank's work on children's issues especially in the area of translating analysis into the development of programs and projects to address child labor at the Bank’s operational level. Partnerships have been and continue to be essential to achieving these objectives.