Ending Child Labour, Forced Labour, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking in Pathfinder Countries

SDG 8.7 Innovation Challenge

Winners of the SDG 8.7 Innovation Challenge Announced

The Alliance 8.7 – a multi-stakeholder and inclusive global partnership committed to achieving SDG Target 8.7 – launched a competition calling for all innovators to develop innovative solutions to support  Pathfinder Countries to accelerate action towards SDG Target 8.7.

Pathfinder Countries are an integral part of the Alliance 8.7. This community of 25 countries have committed to accelerate efforts and to try new approaches from which others can learn to achieve SDG Target 8.7’s urgent deadlines.

SDG Target 8.7

Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms”.

Learn more about the winners:

Three Winners of the global category of the SDG 8.7 Innovation Challenge

Three proposals were selected to develop and implement their innovative ideas to develop digital information systems to promote collaborative work among relevant partners in the fight against child labour, forced labour and human trafficking in Pathfinder Countries.

ILO announces the winners of the 3rd ILO Skills Innovation Call on Preventing forced labour in Africa

The third ILO Skills Challenge Innovation Call on preventing forced labour in Africa through skills and lifelong learning, has been won by Kazana Innovation, an initiative of the Youth Entrepreneurship Network of Comoros. The proposal aims to help women and youth who are most exposed to forced labour in Comoros to develop the skills necessary to create their own businesses in the blue and green economies.

SDG 8.7 Innovation Challenge Timeline

15 September

Deadline to submit applications

15 November

Announcement of the winner


Implementation & results of the pilot


There are 3 winners in the global challenge and 1 winner in the regional challenge, all winners will have access to the following:

  • Financial Support: USD 30,000 to develop and implement the proposed solution.
  • Access to Technical Support: winning proposals will receive technical support to turn their ideas into ready-to-implement prototypes.
  • Visibility: winning proposals will benefit from global communication efforts including an invitation to a global event at the end of the year where the innovative idea will be presented to a wide range of stakeholders and to the next Global Conference on Child Labour in May 2022.
  • Access to a wide network of experts in the area, innovation network, future innovation challenges, hackathons, and other innovation initiatives


The last ILO-UNICEF estimates on child labour show that more than 90 million children have been successfully withdrawn from child labour and referred to education, vocational training and other protection and prevention services.  However, the fight is not over, 160 million children are still trapped in child labour and 40 million people are victims of modern slavery. COVID-19 has exacerbated this situation and there is a real risk of reversing years of progresses in this field. Innovation, skills and digital technologies can galvanize efforts to confront the challenges faced globally in order to meet the SDG Target 8.7.

This year the Innovation Challenge is supported by the Accelerator Lab 8.7 and the ILO Skills Innovation Facility.