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The Department of Labor announced on Monday that its Bureau of International Labor Affairs will award up to $9 million “to support Colombia’s efforts to reduce child labor.”

“In FY 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL) Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) will award up to $9 million for one or more cooperative agreements to fund a technical assistance project(s) to support Colombia’s efforts to reduce child labor, including by promoting safe work in the mining sector, with a focus on artisanal, non-formal mining, as a strategy for mitigating the risk of injuries for adult workers that can negatively impact household livelihoods and contribute to child labor,” the grant description stated.