Opportunities and challenges in promoting policy- and practice-relevant knowledge on child rights
This paper from Overseas Development Institute 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.
This paper was originally published with the African Child Policy Forum, Childwatch International Research Network and UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre as background paper for the conference "Children's rights at a Cross-Roads" organised in Addis Ababa November 30th - December 2nd 2009. A first draft of the paper was shared with the participants in the conference.
ODI Working Paper 318.ISBN: 978 1 90728827 2