The Need for an ‘Association’ to Improve Night Entertainment Business Management Practices to Reduce Worst Forms of Child Labour

In late 2020, CLARISSA undertook scoping studies and literature reviews into supply chain/human chain/urban neighbourhood dynamics in Kathmandu, and their impact on worst forms of child labour (WFCL).
To address the evidence gaps identified, the team developed a research framing for exploring in greater detail how small Adult Entertainment Sector (AES) businesses were being run – exploring factors such as managing seasonality, relationships between informal and formal businesses, loans and debts carried by small businesses, and business norms in the sector – and how these factors can perpetuate WFCL.
Twenty-five AES business owners running dohoris, dance bars, khaja ghars (small eateries), and massage and spa venues were then interviewed, and the findings were analysed and validated by business owners. The next step was the formation of three Action Research Groups (ARGs) with AES business owners, to undertake further evidence gathering and then formulate and deliver actions and innovations to reduce WFCL. It was decided that one ARG, the focus of this report, would focus on owners of dohoris and dance bars. The chosen location for the group is a major entry point into Kathmandu from the eastern side of Kathmandu Valley, and this has led to a large number of new AES businesses being set up.

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CLARISSA (2024) The Need for an ‘Association’ to Improve Night Entertainment Business Management Practices to Reduce Worst Forms of Child Labour, Nepal Action Research Group 11, Brighton: Institute of Development Studies, DOI: 10.19088/CLARISSA.2024.035
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July 5, 2024
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June 2024
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