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Published Date: Jan 6, 2004

Rapid Assessment Of Scavengers (Rag-pickers) Lahore, Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar and Islamabad Pakistan For Time-bound Programme Preparatory Phase Worst forms of child labour


This report has been produced at the request of the ILO. It is based on a rapid assessment carried out in 2003 in five major cities of Pakistan.  The report is divided into several sections. After introducing the larger policy context that underlies the rationale for undertaking the rapid assessment, we provide the legal context and outline the dearth of studies and initiatives undertaken in this area. In explaining the methodology of the rapid assessment we discuss the research instruments, the fieldwork sites and sample as well as the pre-requisites for the field training and survey.  A separate section on the scavenging sector describes the different work arrangements of scavengers, work sites and stages of scavenging/ragpicking [1]. The section on main findings about scavengers is largely based upon first-hand knowledge of ragpickers through questionnaires, interviews, case studies and focus group discussions. This section covers both the economic as well as social causes and consequences of ragpicking and attempts to map briefly the different risks and vulnerabilities that children encounter as ragpickers. The final section, based on our findings, contains recommendations for the elimination of ragpicking.

[1] We use the two terms, scavenging and ragpicking, interchangeably.