Outcome Harvesting is a project assessment and mapping approach that brings real and tangible change between children, the community, government officials, and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).
On October 21st and 22nd, one such process was carried out for our project, IMAGE which focuses on the empowerment of child marriage victims across 15 districts of Karnataka.
Individuals from 5 partner organisations of the project consortium, i.e. the staff, the children, and CSOs, were invited to prepare the signals of change witnessed in the project over the last year. The children are movement leaders of the project, who as part of the project are leading a movement to ascertain rights, opportunities, and services for child marriage victims.
The goal for Day 1 was to achieve the objective of “A World without Child Exploitation.” The participants were given the task of debating the following lead questions in their groups and recording all of the discussion points on the chart paper for the presentations. The lead questions are:
- How will you see the changes?
- How to generate the signs?
- Application of four ‘W’ – Who did What Differently, when and where?
Towards the end of day 1, the movement leaders learned a lot, including the need for active participation in their particular regions, as well as having an open line of communication and cross-learning with other regions if they need clarification or have a question answered.
The second day was set aside to review the previous two years’ accomplishments, challenges, and the start of year three. The visitors and regional leaders were also given a synopsis of the child-led study paper titled “Understanding the impact of COVID 19 on Early Married Girls and Vulnerable Girls in Karnataka, India.”
Mr. Thangam, a Trustee of Children of India Foundation concluded by highlighting the significance of explaining the child safeguarding policy throughout all CIF projects, as well as the reasons for the policy’s development and strict enforcement. A child safeguarding policy’s main purpose is to ensure the protection of children at all levels and in all situations