In order to learn from previous experiences, Hivos is examining its role(s) and performance in various multi-actor initiatives. A multi-actor initiative is undertaken by several actors with complementary strengths, with the aim of creating joint impact to address complex problems. A successful multi-actor initiative is one where the joint impact is greater than the impact culminating from individual efforts, and contributes to systemic change. To identify lessons learnt from its role(s) in various multi-actor initiatives and to formulate implications for its future direction and strategy, Hivos has prepared case studies of five multi-actor initiatives in which it was involved. The case studies have consciously been chosen to cover the range in terms of geography, thematic focus and role(s) of Hivos.
The four other case studies are: Malawi Campaign against Child Marriage, Rural Value Chain Programme (Western Highlands of Guatemala), Sumba Iconic Island initiative (Sumba island Indonesia), and Sustainable Management and Autonomous Governance of the Indigenous Territory of Monte Verde (Bolivia). The purpose of the case studies is to illuminate and examine Hivos’ engagement with multi-actor initiatives by capturing and analyzing the unfolding process, and drawing out the lessons learnt. In doing so, specific attention has been paid to the roles played by Hivos and other actors over time, the challenges and dilemmas encountered, and the creative solutions and innovations generated.
The Stop Child Labour Campaign (SCL) was inspired by the work of the Mamidipudi Venkatarangaiya Foundation (MVF) in India. MVF demonstrated that rather than being a consequence of poverty, child labour perpetuates poverty by depriving children of education, and adults of jobs and fair wages. MVF showed that it is possible to break this cycle if there is a shift in attitude among all concerned: schools, teachers, community members, local government, parents and children. Seeing MVF’s work on the ground inspired NGOs, trade unions and governments from around the world to adapt and adopt MVF’s approach in other settings. In the current phase of the campaign, SCL is facilitating this process in Morocco, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe. The ambition of SCL is to withdraw 20,200 children from labour and to create 34 Child Labour Free Zones in these countries by the end of 2015.