International "Protect Children from War" conference

by Diana Quick / Statements

ChildFund Alliance was one of just 20 civil society organizations that participated in the international ministerial conference "Protect Children from War" in Paris this week. The conference commemorated the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Paris Commitments to Protect Children Unlawfully Recruited or Used by Armed Forces or Armed Groups (Paris Commitments) and The Paris Principles and Guidelines on Children Associated with Armed Forces or Armed Groups (Paris Principles).

The government of France and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in collaboration with the Paris Principles Steering Group (PPSG), co-hosted the conference. ChildFund is a member of the PPSG.

International Aid Towards Ending Violence Against Children Deeply Lacking, First-Ever Study Shows

by ChildFund International / Statements

Richmond, Va. (June 08, 2017) – Out of every dollar the world spends on development assistance, only half a penny supports efforts to end violence against children, according to a new study, Counting Pennies. Commissioned by ChildFund Alliance and others, the study evaluates official development assistance (ODA) — government aid to promote the economic development and welfare of developing countries — targeted towards preventing and responding to violence against children.

Preventing Violence Against Children Attitudes, Perceptions & Priorities

by ChildFund Alliance, World Vision International / Reports

ChildFund Alliance and World Vision International commissioned Ipsos Reid to ask a question on the need to prioritize the prevention of violence against children at the global level. Support was unambiguous, with 93% of the 11,000 respondents stating that preventing violence against children should be a global priority.

Protection for millions of children: ECOWAS Member States take a huge step forward

by Diana Quick / Statements

On 4 October 2017, the 15 Member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) adopted the ECOWAS Strategic Framework for Strengthening National Child Protection Systems to Prevent and Respond to Violence, Abuse and Exploitation against Children in West Africa. In doing so, they committed to concrete measures to protect children from the most damaging forms of abuse, by focusing on five priority areas: sexual, physical and emotional violence against children, including female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C); child marriage; child labour; civil registration and vital statistics; and children on the move.

Pursuing a global vision to end violence against children

by Patrick Canagasingham, CEO Christian Children's Fund Canada / Blog

Our progress for positive change in Paraguay is setting the stage for collaboration with governments and civil-society organizations around the world

If you’ve ever been to Paraguay, you might understand the feeling of community you experience from people in all corners of the country. I experienced this genuine welcome on my recent trip there a few days ago, but my eyes were also opened to one side of the country I couldn’t see.

I couldn’t see what happens behind closed doors. Jorge Méndez Rheineck, our country director in Paraguay, spoke frankly about the situation: “Violence against children in the home is a problem for too many. Worse, children suffer sexual abuse from adults they trust — relatives, family, friends and neighbours,” he said.

Recapturing the Vision of ‘A World Fit for Children’ and the Convention on the Rights of the Child

by ChildFund Alliance, Plan International, Save the Children, SOS Children's Villages International, UNICEF, World Vision International / Reports

Updated joint position paper on the post-2015 development agenda from ChildFund Alliance, Plan International, Save the Children, SOS Children's Villages International, UNICEF and World Vision International.

Voices of Girls and Boys in Shaping the Post-2015 Development Agenda

by ChildFund Alliance / Reports

In formulating the post-2015 development agenda, it is imperative that the voices of the next generation are heard and listened to. ChildFund Alliance asked child-led organizations from seven countries to choose their top 6 priorities for a better world.

Where Next? Ending Violence against Children

by David Steven, Center on International Cooperation / Reports

This challenge paper has been prepared as part of the Center on International Cooperation’s support for the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies. It follows publication of the Roadmap for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies in September 2017 and is the first in a series of papers exploring next steps in implementation of the 2030 Agenda’s commitment to peace, justice and inclusion.