Levels of spending for child protection in humanitarian action remain very low, both by governments and donors. The Alliance’s Advocacy Working Group has developed a practical, solutions-oriented response. This includes guidance and training for child protection actors on fundraising and advocacy; the development of the Minimum Standards — enabling us to accurately describe minimum levels of programming and therefore funding; and targeted advocacy to decision-makers and influencers. In order to step up child protection efforts in humanitarian settings, the Alliance’s Advocacy Working Group aims to convince humanitarian decision-makers that child protection programming saves lives, now and later.
In 2015, the world’s governments agreed on SDG 16.2:
To end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children.
This is just one of the child-focused SDG targets. Several others are integral to ensuring children’s health, safety and wellbeing are at the heart of the post-2015 development agenda.
The Alliance’s 2016-2017 work plan sets out four objectives for Advocacy Working Group:
- Advocate for the inclusion of child protection concerns in the SDGs and World Humanitarian Summit (achieved).
- Ensure a reported increase in funding for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (as reported by Child Protection Coordinators in at least 50% countries surveyed).
- Strengthen advocacy for child protection in humanitarian action at the field level.
- Improve understanding of child protection in humanitarian action and its lifesaving nature among decision-makers and donors.
In order to meet these ambitious objectives, the Advocacy Working Group developed several important documents to support the case for child protection as a core part of humanitarian response.
Fundraising Handbook for Child Protection and Gender Based Violence in Humanitarian Action
What is Child Protection in Emergencies?
The Costs and Economic Impact of Violence Against Children
A Matter of Life and Death: Child Protection Programming’s Essential Role in Ensuring Child Wellbeing and Survival During and After Emergencies
The Advocacy Working Group is currently co-led by ChildFund Alliance and World Vision International. Contact Josh Chaffin, jchaffin (at) childfundalliance.org or Jessica Bousquette, jbousque (at) WorldVision.org