The evolution of the Child Protection Working Group (CPWG) from an idea to a reputable institution from 2006 to 2016, has shown that interagency collaboration is a more efficient and effective path to protecting children in humanitarian settings. The development of the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action illustrated that the whole of our efforts is greater than the sum of our individual efforts. While challenging, interagency work often leads to higher quality products and prevents duplication and waste of scarce resources.
The newly launched Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (the Alliance) is committed to maintaining the spirit of collaboration that existed within the CPWG community. At the same time, in line with the Grand Bargain, the Alliance will make deliberate efforts to encourage active involvement of local, national and regional child protection actors in the Alliance’s governance and its working groups and task forces.
We at the Alliance believe that the unprecedented scale of children affected by conflict and natural disasters can only be tackled if the entire child protection sector is technically strong and operationally united. And this is where we are headed with your support.