Our starting point is children within the context of their families, communities and societies, and their vulnerabilities and potential. 200 million children in low and middle income countries are failing to reach their developmental potential because they lack sufficient nutrition, social care or a safe environment. These adversities seriously limit children’s potential and future ability to contribute to their communities and families or obtain gainful employment. Economic and social development programs in most low and middle income countries have not addressed these challenges in an integrated way, compromising core investments in strengthening health and education systems and undermining national goals and aspirations.
Whereas the Alliance’s strategy calls for the development of surveillance and monitoring capacity, there are serious data gaps in data on the population of concern, particularly on children living outside of family care. USAID is therefore developing a new approach and tool to measure the prevalence and magnitude of children living outside of family care and has secured funding to implement these surveys in two priority countries. The Centers for Disease Control, UNICEF and Government partners in agreed priority countries either have (Cambodia) or will (Rwanda and Uganda) implement Violence Against Children Surveys (VACS) to determine the prevalence and magnitude of violence against girl and boys.
Foundation and government donors have pre-existing priorities, strategic frameworks and calendars that commit substantial portions of existing funds for the next several years. The Alliance has therefore adapted a flexible approach to resource mobilization that includes reprogramming existing funding, coordinating funding, co-funding, and pooling funding. Securing private sector contributions to fill gaps is also a priority.
Chronic underfunding of child protection (as currently practiced) underscores the need to develop new, innovative approaches to investing in children in upper, lower and middle income countries.
Action & Advocacy
The Alliance’s ability to analyze, craft policy messages and disseminate results to key decision makers at country and global levels using the appropriate language is essential to mobilizing diverse stakeholders and sustainability. High-level Alliance Steering Committees in priority countries and policy and communication capacity in the global secretariat are key to engaging national governments, US Congress, European Parliaments, and other donors and decision making bodies.