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Sub-Saharan Africa's Dependence on Child Labor Affects Development

As Sub-Saharan Africa strives to break the shackles of poverty, its population of nearly one billion people is hard at work. A 2014 report by the U.S. Department of Labor concluded that one out of five Sub-Saharan children are working under difficult if not squalid conditions. Poverty is the driving force behind child labor, says Alex Soho of the International Labor Organization in South Africa. "They are poor. Their income is low. They cannot afford hiring adult laborers,” he...

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