2019 : [ UNICEF ESARO ] : Research and Documentation of Child Protection programs in East and Southern Africa

Child Frontiers is undertaking a multi-country analysis and review for UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) that will provide an overview of the progress made against the implementation of the Global Programs to end child marriage and FGM and the work UNICEF ESARO is doing to address violence against children (VAC), adolescent participation, and country offices’ initiatives to strengthen risk informed programming on VAC in an integrated manner. The review will identify promising programs and interventions; identify lessons learned, gaps and challenges; and make recommendations for the strengthening of efforts. Child Frontiers will produce a series of thought pieces, literature reviews and briefs and a compendium of promising practices related to work being undertaken in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Zambia, Somalia, Uganda, Namibia, Lesotho, Madagascar, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Tanzania. A key objective is to increase knowledge management through data analysis and documentation of the implementation of the Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR) Child Protection Program.

2019 : [ UNICEF Iraq ] : Child protection systems mapping and assessment

Child Frontiers has been engaged by UNICEF to conduct a mapping and assessment of the formal and informal child protection systems in Iraq.  This study, first of the kind in Iraq, will help to understand existing community and state priorities and practice in the care and protection of children at risk of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.  The research  complements UNICEF’s current efforts with the Government of Iraq to emphasize the transition from emergency responses to systems development, such as the development of a Child Act. This project aims at covering 10  governorates in Central and Southern Iraq,  including Baghdad, as well as the autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq.  The findings will support the Government of Iraq and UNICEF in identifying strategic priorities.

2019 : [ UNICEF Sierra Leone ] : Study of Practice of FGM

Child Frontiers is conducting a comprehensive and groundbreaking study of the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Sierra Leone. The study will generate evidence that will enable the government of Sierra Leone to review, adapt and verify its current National Strategy to end FGM ensuring that its implementation has a transformative impact on reducing, and ultimately ending, FGM in Sierra Leone. The study seeks to answer questions of cultural values and attitudes surrounding the practice, how FGM is practiced and regional variations, how the decision-making process within families to support the practice takes place, the perceived social benefits and consequences of practicing or not practicing FGM, and what changes, if any, have taken place over the years. The results will include an analytical report, qualitative baseline data, and key recommendations for ways forward in addressing the issue.

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2020: [ IOD Parc ] : UNICEF ECARO Evaluation Quality Reviews

Child Frontiers is part of a consortium of organizations led by IOD Parc, that has been awarded a contract to undertake country program evaluations and country thematic evaluations for UNICEF ECARO (Europe and Central Asia). Child Frontiers’ contribution will be of quality reviews, and will be joined in the consortium by IOD Parc, evaluation specialists IMC USA, Turkey-based social and economic policy research specialists Development Analytics, and Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan based research specialists M-Vector.

2020 : [ UNICEF Croatia ] : Evaluation of the Family and Community-Based Care

Child Frontiers is conducting a formative evaluation of the family and community-based services for prevention and response to violence, abuse, exploitation and exclusion of the most vulnerable children in Croatia. This evaluation will assess the extent to which the interventions conducted with UNICEF’s support in the period 2017-2021 are successful in terms of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability, and also how gender and equity issues have been addressed. It will provide recommendations to support further improvements in provision of family and community-based services, and scaling up by the Government in centers for social welfare, family centers and other potential organizations within the social welfare system. The project will guide UNICEF’s contribution and role in the area and inform future UNICEF policy dialogue, strategic programming and child-focused policy advocacy in developing and expanding family and community-based services for the most vulnerable children and families.

2019 : [ IOD Parc ] : Evaluation of UNICEF Country Program in Uzbekistan

Child Frontiers is contributing to the efforts by IOD Parc to conduct a Formative Country Programme Evaluation to assess the performance of the UNICEF programme in Uzbekistan for 2016-2020 within the context of a changing political and economic environment in Uzbekistan. The evaluation will maximise opportunities for learning, particularly in relation to informing future strategic decision-making with regard to UNICEF’s co-operation in Uzbekistan. The evaluation team comprises of a multifaceted cadre of experts, and Child Frontiers will contribute expertise on child protection, particularly in relation to juvenile justice and alternative care.

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Technical Assistance

2020: [ UNICEF HQ and WCARO ] : Global Workshop on CAAFAG

Child Frontiers is providing technical support for the conceptualization and facilitation of a workshop in March 2020 in Dakar, Senegal, of UNICEF practitioners from HQ, Regional and Country levels from several regions to engage in strategic consultations on the way forward for UNICEF’s programming for Children Affected with Armed Forces and Groups (CAAFAG). This consultation will support the development of a consultation outcome document that should be used as the foundations of Theory of Change & Results Framework, elements of Monitoring and Evaluation, and Global Program for Child Reintegration. The workshop will involve small group work and reflections as well as opportunities for presentation of good practices and lessons learned on the questions presented.

2020 : [ UNICEF Timor-Leste ] : Child and Family Welfare Systems Policy

Child Frontiers continues its long-term engagement with UNICEF Timor-Leste, this time to provide technical guidance and assistance to the Ministry of Social Solidarity and Inclusion for the implementation of Stage 2 ‘Expansion of the policy implementation’ under the 3-year program Momentum and Opportunity: Strengthening the Child and Family Welfare system for the future of Timor-Leste. This project includes a review relevant policy frameworks and coordination mechanisms so that they are up-to-date and rights based and inclusive; an expansion of the capacity development program, mentoring support to the expanded cadre of social welfare workforce and the development of community mobilization processes in line with the principles of the Child and Family Welfare System Policy.

2019 : [ UNICEF HQ ] : Technical Briefs on Child Marriage

Child Frontiers has been selected by UNICEF to produce technical briefs to inform and guide the Global Programme’s Phase 2 implementation. The Global Programme to End Child Marriage is being jointly implemented by UNICEF and UNFPA and aims to prevent and mitigate the consequences of child marriage over a 15-year period. The technical briefs aim to explain, elaborate and clarify the Global Programme’s programming strategies; provide practical and operational guidance for country implementation; and promote the Global Programme’s approaches and strategies. The production of technical briefs continues Child Frontiers’ collaboration with the Global Programme and builds on the February 2019 Global Programme consultation in Jaipur, India (which was facilitated by Child Frontiers) and on the Phase 2 Global Programme Document (written by Child Frontiers). At the global consultation, stakeholders had agreed on the need to develop clearer guidance on core Global Programme strategies and approaches.

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2019 : [ Ai You Foundation ] : Child Welfare and Protection Training Workshop

Ai You Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in China engaged in child welfare and venture philanthropy, has contracted Child Frontiers to design and facilitate a capacity building workshop for their child welfare team to share and analyse the history, latest knowledge and international evidence around child welfare and protection, as well as approaches that have proven useful in different contexts. The Beijing workshop will be designed to strengthen Ai You’s child welfare programming as well as begin working with frontline staff and senior management to strategically assess the Foundation’s current role and potential future contributions to child welfare and protection both in China and internationally.

2019 : [ Family for Every Child ] : Research training and toolkit

Child Frontiers facilitated a research training in July 2019, for Family for Every Child’s Alliance Program Team on the topics of how to tell when research is the best approach to a problem and choosing a research focus, methods and types of primary research (possibly including participatory research and action research which are expressed interests of participants) and qualitative analysis. Child Frontiers will also provide technical advice on a research toolkit to provide a guide for staff, consultants and members on how to design, manage and contribute to research projects conducted by the Family for Every Child alliance and; compile Family for Every Child’s associated tools.

2019 : [ UNICEF Viet Nam ] : Capacity Building on Child Justice and Improving the Legal Framework for Child Protection

Child Frontiers is supporting the Government of Viet Nam to build the capacity of the justice sector to provide child-sensitive justice and to strengthen the legal framework for child justice and child protection.  This support, provided on an as-needed basis, includes: developing a training programme on child justice for Family and Juvenile Judges; providing legal advice on a proposed law on social work; technical guidance on the development of inter-agency protocols for dealing with cases of child abuse; and legal reviews on child labour, commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking.

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