We believe that to achieve our goal, we need to address the root causes of child labour as well as remove key barriers to the elimination of child labour.
Pathways of change
Our way of working is based on change on four levels – what we call our pathways of change:
- Children are empowered and have improved access to (quality) education and youth employment within a supportive family and community environment.
- Governments have enforced relevant child-rights based laws and have implemented policies on child labour, education, youth economic empowerment and social security.
- The private sector takes full responsibility for preventing and addressing child labour.
- The EU, Dutch government and international organisations act in support of the elimination of child labour and fulfill their obligation by setting and reinforcing due diligence policies and laws.
We want to achieve this change through the a range of complementary strategies:
- Strengthen child protection systems.
- Guarantee quality education.
- Support economic empowerment of youth.
- Ensure Children’s Rights and Business strategies.
- Evidence-based lobby and advocacy.
The basis for our strategies are two cross-cutting approaches:
The area-based approach tackles child labour at the root and leads to sustainable change in the communities. It is applied to get children in specific geographic areas out of child labour and (back) into school or decent youth employment. We work from bottom-up with all relevant stakeholders to remove key barriers to the elimination of child labour and to the protection and fulfillment of child rights.
Supply chain approach
We implement a supply chain approach, promoting the Children’s Rights and Business Principles to bring about change in sectors with a high incidence of child labour in the intervention areas. To realise the potential of global supply chains for improving the health, welfare and development of children, business approaches are needed that address the rights and specific vulnerabilities of children and youth.
To achieve impact on an issue so entangled with social, economic and legal/political issues, we need to involve and engage with all relevant actors.
Businesses have a responsibility to respect human rights. They are crucial to identify and understand the labour conditions and risks in their supply chain. Market players are domestic companies (including micro, small- to medium-sized business), trade or business associations, and multinational corporations.
Governments have a duty to protect human rights. They are responsible for protecting children’s rights and ensuring the realisation of their rights, including their right to protection and education. Therefore, state actors – local, district/regional, national and international governments or institutions – are essential in achieving our objectives.
Civil society includes community-based organizations, often informal but with a clear community-based constituency, and CSOs/NGOs, which operate on a higher level and are formal and officially registered organizations. Civil society stakeholders will be included as implementing partners, strategic partners, as well as beneficiaries of some of the programme interventions.