What is the approach?

CLARISSA is a large-scale Systemic Action Research programme which aims to identify, evidence, and promote effective multi-stakeholder action to tackle the drivers of the worst forms of child labour (WFCL) in selected supply chains in Bangladesh and Nepal. CLARISSA places a particular focus on participants’ own ‘agency’. In other words, participants’ ability to understand the situation they face, and to develop and take actions in response to them. Most of CLARISSA’s participants are children.

We use Systemic Action Research as the overall approach to CLARISSA, and as the driver of innovation. Our approach supports children, and other participants, to gather evidence, analyse it themselves and generate solutions to the problems they identify.

All CLARISSA actions take into account and respect the rights of the child, as set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child with a strong emphasis on safeguarding. By building on the strengths of all the programme partners CLARISSA is working to increase options for children to avoid engaging in the Worst Forms of Child Labour.

See our interactive theory of change which explains the three impact pathways as they play out along the spheres of control, influence and interest and zoom in to particular pathways through the entry point of the participatory processes as well as the stakeholders influenced by them. It shows how impact ripples out and is underpinned by our ways of working.