Children’s Agency and the Right to be Heard on COVID-19 Response & Recovery

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Children’s Right to be Heard:
We're Talking; Are you Listening

Nearly a year since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, children worldwide continue to grapple with unprecedented hardships. This fifth Joining Forces policy brief, led by ChildFund Alliance, explores factors inhibiting children’s meaningful participation in decision making. It also outlines key takeaways from children on how their involvement can lead to outcomes that are more meaningful and impactful.

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ChildFund Alliance is a global network of
12 child-focused development organizations
working to create opportunities for children and youth, their families and communities.
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Where We Work

pilar orenes educo"Being part of a project of transformation and social change in such complex contexts, which forces us to redouble our efforts to guarantee the rights and well-being of boys and girls, is a great challenge, but also a very exciting project to which I can contribute and from which I can learn. "

With a degree in Geography and History from the University of Granada, Pilar's career stands out for her solid continuous training: Master's Degree in NGO Management and Direction, Executive MP Women for Senior Management, and Executive Management Program, all of them studied at ESADE Business School.

Pilar has more than twenty years of experience in the third sector. Her professional career has been consolidated and developed in the international organization Oxfam Intermón in which she has assumed different responsibilities, mainly in Spain, but also in the Central American region. Together with the Oxfam Intermón team, she has led projects for social transformation, humanitarian response, food security, defense of the rights of women and girls and fair trade with the aim of eradicating poverty in the most vulnerable communities. She has also held the position of vice president of the Coordinator of Organizations for Development in Spain and worked at the Agua de Coco Foundation in monitoring projects, cooperation and awareness in Cambodia and Madagascar.

Dina Taddia weworld ceoDina started out her professional career working as export sales responsible for a company in the engineering industry. In 1997, she decided to commit herself to the international cooperation development field with GVC, one of the most relevant Italian NGOs. Her first experience with the Organisation took her to Palestine, where she initially worked as Project Manager, coordinating emergency interventions in the Gaza Strip, and later became Regional Representative for the Middle East based in Jerusalem. In 2002 she returned to Bologna, the Italian Headquarters of GVC, responsible for operations in Africa, Asia and the Middle Ease, and subsequently assumed the role of International Programmes Director. In June 2014 she was elected President of GVC and in December 2018 she became CEO and General Manager of the WeWorld-GVC Foundation.

Martina Hibell

Martina Hibell has worked with international, child focused development, within different organizations since 2017, whereof eight years at Barnfonden. She is motivated by the possibility to support change in contexts where change appears impossible, and to find the key factors that need to be interlinked in order for this to happen.

As a Program Director she has been the head of organizational changes for a stronger and better development work. Martina believes in partnerships and has strengthened Barnfonden’s relations both with country offices and donors.

Her focus now will be to continue finding new and innovative collaborations with different kinds of actors in order to jointly contribute to a safer world for children.

Martin NolanMartin is the CEO of ChildFund Ireland and is a former Chief Executive of Bus Éireann. He brings to the organization a proven record of accomplishment and decades of experience at the board level. He joined ChildFund Ireland after holding several senior positions at the state-owned bus company where he served since 1997, including the post of Chief Executive, which he held for six years until stepping down in 2017. In that role, he directed the provision of significant services for communities across Ireland. He is a Chartered accountant, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and a member of the Institute of Directors. He is also a Director of Autism Ireland.

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Margaret Sheehan is CEO of ChildFund Australia, an independent international development organisation that works to reduce poverty for children in developing communities.               

Previous to this role, Margaret spent four years as ChildFund Australia’s International Program Director, overseeing the development and implementation of child-focused development  programs in the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to joining ChildFund, Margaret held senior international roles with UNICEF and the World Health Organisation.

With a Masters in Public Health, Margaret has over two decades of experience in managing international development programs and personnel in field office. 


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Toward a Safe World for Children

ChildFund Alliance is a global network of 12 child-focused development organizations working in 70 countries. This video provides an overview of our network, our key priorities and joint initiatives.

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