What is the approach?

The programme aims to build on children’s and other stakeholder’s perspectives and experiences. CLARISSA will take a participatory, adaptive and child-centred approach to evidence and innovation generation and use intentional scaling strategies. The core driver of innovation will be Participatory and Systemic Action Research. 

Children’s agency will be placed at the centre of the programme’s work. Partners will work together to support children to collect child-focused evidence and we will generate child-focused and child-identified solutions. All consortium actions will 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.

In using a participatory approach CLARISSA will generate evidence and effective innovative interventions. It will build on the strengths of all the partners to work towards the decrease in the number of children in the Worst Forms of Child Labour in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Nepal.

A ‘cash plus’ intervention

As part of the programme, CLARISSA will be implementing an innovative ‘cash plus’ intervention in two slum areas of Dhaka. A complex set of factors, which will be different for each child and their family, necessitates an ambitious and bold intervention that moves beyond practice as usual.

The CLARISSA ‘cash plus’ intervention is centred around regular cash transfers and will be complemented with two ‘plus’ component that provides additional support.

  1. The first ‘plus’ component focuses on activities at child and family-level through a case management model.
  2. The second ‘plus’ component focuses on community mobilisation and collective action at community and group-level. In this, it takes an approach that seeks to support community members to collectively identify and address issues that they identify as most pressing, whether or not these relate directly to children and their work. This is a radical departure from most existing ‘plus’ components in the social protection world.

The combination of these types support, and particularly the integration of community mobilisation and collective action is innovative within social protection and within the field of actors working on ‘child labour’. It offers a multi-level response that acknowledges and aims to address the many interlocking factors that drive children’s engagement in the labour market and seeks to provide them with the freedom to choose alternative options.