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Children’s Rights at a Cross-Roads: A Global Conference on Child Rights and Research

Children's Rights at a Cross-roads was organized as an arena for reflection and dialogue across professions and disciplines. Policy makers, researchers, young people and practitioners presented their experiences and ideas and analyzee and discussed the role of research in the development of policies and practices that safeguard children’s rights.

Conference Programme 

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Yanghee Lee, Marta Santos Pais and  Jaap Doek, were among the experts who addressed the conference with reflections on the role of research in policy and practice development.

The 20th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child calls for critical reflection on the role of research in the realization of child rights. There is an increasing demand for relevant research and more efficient collaboration between policy makers, NGOs and academics. The recognition of young people’s contribution to documentation and analysis of child rights issues is greater than ever.  

Important stake holders contributed to the elaboration of clear recommendations for implementation of children's rights based on:

  • Research relevant for the realization of the rights of the child.
  • Collaboration between policy makers, practitioners and academics that promotes the relevance and use of child research.
  • Cooperation between adults and young people in the design and development of participatory research and child-led research initiatives.

Main organizers: Childwatch International, African Child Policy Forum and UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre

Co-organizers: UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty and the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC)

Outcome:

The Call for Action

Link to the Call for Action

The Conference Website

A post conference website has been established. On this page you will find plenary presentations, a background document, the summary report, recommendations from all the round table discussions, and the Call for Action. Link to the post conference website.

Opportunities and challenges in promoting policy- and practice-relevant knowledge on child rights

Working Paper 318, Overseas development Institute. Written by Caroline Harper, Nicola Jones and Carlotta Tincati

This paper analyses the linkages between knowledge and policy in child rights issues in order to supplement current partial understanding of these dynamics in the sector. The ultimate aim of the paper is to safeguard children’s rights by presenting frameworks and lessons through which to promote the appropriate design of rights strategies. In particular, the multiple types of knowledge that shape policy agendas are discussed, as well as the impacts of political context and the role of different actors at play in the policy arena. Finally, some broad suggestions on improving the child rights knowledge-policy interface are provided, with special attention towards knowledge generation, the translation of knowledge, and the institutionalisation of child rights.
ISBN: 978 1 90728827 2
Link to the report.

Round Table Presentations

You can find the available presentations from the round tables below. 

Health and Nutrition

“ CHILE GROWS WITH YOU “ EQUITY FROM THE BEGINNING A RIGTH APPROACH PUBLIC POLICY. Helia Molina

Early Childhood and Education

"EDUCATION AND EARLY CHILDHOOD – A CASE OF ZAMBIA" Evan M. Mbozi

 Migration and Dislocation

"ASSUMING UNCERTAINTY IN DAILY LIFE" Norma Del Río, Paper Presentation

Social Welfare Services

"SOCIAL PROTECTION, CASH TRANSFERS AND SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES IN SUB SAHARA AFRICA" Roger Pearson, Paper Presentation

 "CHILD PROTECTION AND CHILDREN'S RIGHTS: DIFFERENT LENSES." Jeanette Schmid

Tags: UN Convention On The Rights Of The Child, Conference 2009, African Child Policy Forum, Unicef Innocenti Research Centre, Un Committee On The Rights Of The Child, Addis Ababa
Published Jul 16, 2008 06:20 PM - Last modified Apr 17, 2013 03:37 PM