The objectives of this programme is to encourage and support collaborative research among Key Institutions, and to encourage and support organizational development, including infrastructure and skills development activities among Key Institutions.
Key Institutions will pursue active partnerships to collaborate on research or organizational development activities that have mutual benefits to the participating institutes. The participating institutions will formulate a proposal to the Childwatch International Board for consideration. When approved, a memorandum of understanding will be developed between the participating Key Institutions.
It is encouraged that the costs implied by this programme are to be distributed between the participating Key Institutions and Childwatch International.
Programme will have a diversity of specific outcomes, including development of stronger Key Institutions with specific reference to the two programme objectives, active regional, national and international research networks, collaborative research projects among Key Institutions. It could also result in child research publications, staff development and ultimately have an impact on practice, policy and legislation affecting the quality of life of children.
Contact the secretariat of Childwatch International for more information.
The initiative was first introduced in 2000, to strengthen Palestinian child research community through international cooperation. This was done in several ways, both by consolidating and strengthening the inner structures of the Palestinian research community and by opening up for international information and academic exchange.
Participants in the partnership were The Palestinian Child Research Group (PCRG), including a multi-disciplinary team of researchers and professors from Al Quds University and other institutions, the Norwegian Centre for Child Research (NOSEB) and Norwegian Social Research (NOVA).
During the years 2000-2003, the Key Institutions Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life (USA) and Center for Family Environments (the Czech Republic) worked in partnership focusing on Indicators on Children's Well-Being.
The MENA Network has worked in partnership with Childwatch International and NOVA from Norway, Bayti Establishment (NGO in Morocco), Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago, Dartington Social Research Center (UK), Center for Development in Primary Health Care/AlQuds University, and Hope Village in Egypt, plus other regional and local organizations.
The Latin American Partnership Program (2001 - 2004) was a cooperation between the Childwatch International Key institutions CENDIF in Venezuela, CIESPI in Brazil and CINDE in Colombia. The Partnership elaborated a common platform for research collaboration on the Latin American continent within the theme of children growing up in contexts of poverty, marginalization and violence.