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How we work

Integration and cooperation

ARISE was created and is managed by three partners – ILO, JTI, and Winrock International. We work together, with each partner using its experience and expertise to deliver results.

The issue of child labor has many root causes. These differ depending on the geographical location and the economic, cultural, and regulatory conditions. Therefore, the solution is not simply to remove children from work, but to address the underlying root causes that allow child labor to exist and to ensure that children and their families have viable alternatives. 

We believe that the only way to achieve a long-lasting solution to the problem of child labor is through the integrated efforts and cooperation of multiple stakeholders. Our partnership therefore is a powerful proposition, uniting the different yet complementary expertise, resources, and skills of the three founding partners.

ARISE is funded by JTI (Japan Tobacco International), however all three parties share responsibility for the program strategy, its deployment, and decision-making. The ILO focuses on policy-related activities and supporting community-based child labor monitoring systems, Winrock International on community and state-level actions, and Japan Tobacco International (JTI) on its business and supporting ILO and Winrock with the program’s daily implementation.

While the intent of ARISE is clear in terms of its aspirations, the context and means to achieving it are complex. Our governance structure consists of a Program Coordinating Mechanism (PCM) operating at international and country levels, which is responsible for achieving the aims of the ARISE program and is composed of three main entities:

  1. International Advisory Committee (IAC)
  2. Program Coordinating Team (PCT)
  3. Country Coordinating Committees (CCC)

International Advisory Committee

The International Advisory Committee (IAC) is a forum in which all three of the ARISE partners can raise issues and adjust direction, resources, and timing by consensus. There is a maximum of 10 members and it meets once per year.

The responsibilities of the IAC include:

  • monitor overall program progress
  • promote effective coordination between the partners
  • advise on overall program directions
  • advise on communication strategy and activities.

Program Coordinating Team

The main role of the Program Coordinating Team (PCT) is to liaise with the International Advisory Committee and the Country Coordinating Committees, with a particular focus on program outcomes. It meets and communicates as regularly as is appropriate. The PCT is comprised of four members – Chair (JTI), a project manager (Winrock), and two desk officers (ILO).

The responsibilities of the PCT include:

  • coordinate and consolidate program documents and work plans
  • coordinate program monitoring and evaluation plans
  • advise on strategic orientations to execute program work plan and key program indicators
  • review communication and progress reports
  • advise on deliverables
  • share best practices.

Country Coordinating Committee (CCC)

The purpose of the Country Coordinating Committees (CCC) is to facilitate continuous communication and to keep local stakeholders informed about current activities, and to identify additional opportunities for productive collaboration in each of the three countries in which ARISE operates, namely Brazil, Malawi and Zambia. The composition of the CCC aims to be fully representative, each with three members. It meets monthly and depending on specific agendas, it may also be attended by other parties, for example farmer organizations.

The core composition in each CCC is:

  • JTI representative in country
  • ILO representative in country
  • Winrock representative in country.

The responsibilities of the CCC include:

  • plan and adjust program activities
  • ensure ongoing coordination for the execution of the work plan
  • coordinate program monitoring activities
  • ensure full engagement of national tripartite constituents and other appropriate stakeholders 
  • align the program with existing national child labor plans
  • provide technical support as needed.


Our activities

Our activities aim to address the underlying root causes of child labor in the tobacco industry.

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Brazil, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia

We reach thousands of children and their families.

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We use the ILO definition

Not all work done by children should be classified as child labor that is to be targeted for elimination.

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