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Decision Tree for Women’s Economic Empowerment Actors: Figuring Out Where to Start and What to Do

Tool Descriptions

The following map summarizes the current tools in the RICHES toolkit and depicts which category each tool falls into, whether it’s a tool used to LEARN, LISTEN, ACT, or MEASURE. A key starting point for a women’s economic empowerment (WEE) actor is through the Decision Tree which will guide them through the various pathways a typical WEE actor might follow to either familiarize themselves with the tools or to begin implementation. Alternatively, a WEE actor can jump straight to a particular category, depending on the level of awareness or experience regarding child labor and unacceptable conditions of work and their relationships to WEE.

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Decision Tree for Women’s Economic Empowerment Actors: Figuring Out Where to Start and What to Do

The purpose of this tool is to serve as a starting point and overall guide for women’s economic empowerment (WEE) actors. The Decision Tree will lead WEE actors through a series of questions aimed at:

A) Determining where their organization stands with regard to child labor and unacceptable conditions of work (UACW), both in terms of internal knowledge/awareness and client attitudes and practices; and

B) Recommending courses of action to help address any child labor and UACW issues that are identified at an organizational level or in clients’ businesses.

This tool will also link users to various other tools available in the RICHES toolkit or other relevant resources.

Through the use of this tool, you will:

  • Learn about all the options and tools available to your organization so you can figure out where to get started.
  • Follow the Decision Tree and outline which path or steps your organization needs to take to address the child labor and UACW issues identified.


1. Learn

  • Guiding Questions and Resources to Better Understand Child Labor and Unacceptable Conditions of Work
  • Evaluating Your Organization's Policies and Practices on Child Labor and Workplace Safety: Risk Assessment Checklists
  • Pre-Situational Analysis Report and Briefs
  • Recommended Framework for Integrating a Child Labor and Workplace Safety Lens Into Social Performance Management Processes for Women's Economic Empowerment (WEE) Actors (SPM Guide)
  • Understanding Child Labor and Working Conditions 101: A Training for WEE Actors

2. Listen

  • Understanding Child Labor and Working Conditions in Your Market and Women's Businesses: A Market Research Technical Guide
  • Diagnostic for Evaluating Child Labor and Workplace Safety and Health for Entrepreneurs: Frontline Worker Assessment

3. Act

  • How to Analyze Policies and Practices Surrounding Child Labor and Working Conditions When Investing in Microfinance Institutions: A Technical Guide for Investors
  • Creating Alliances for Reducing Child Labor and Hazardous Work Conditions: Linkages Guide for WEE Actors
  • Making the Case to Incorporate Child Labor and Working Conditions Into Programming for WEE Actors

Tools that help WEE actors help their clients:

  • Risky Business: Making Workplaces Safe for Everyone Curriculum
  • Diagnostic for Evaluating Child Labor and Workplace Safety and Health: Entrepreneur Self-Assessment
  • Intra-Household Dialogue Guide

4. Measure

  • Monitoring and Evaluation Guide
  • SPM Guide
  • Reusing any of the Risk Assessments or Diagnostic tools over time