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Child Friendly Cities and Communities Research Project

The Child Friendly Cities Research Project has the goal of enhancing the awareness, understanding and realization of children’s rights at sub-national levels – in urban areas and in other decentralized contexts by providing resources for assessment, monitoring and critical self reflection.

The Child Friendly Cities Research Project is being conducted through a partnership between the Innocenti Research Center (IRC) of UNICEF and the Childwatch International Reserach Network and with the close collaboration of the Adolescent Development and Participation Section of UNICEF. The project is coordinated jointly by IRC and the Children's Environments Research Group of the City University of New York. DevInfo will become involved in the project in the later phase of development and testing of the interactive database and a web user interface.


2010: Advisory Board Meeting: A meeting to critically review the CFC Research Initiative and make Proposals for Future Research.

2009: The workshop "Assessing and Monitoring Child Friendly Communities and Cities: Supporting advocacy and capacity building in local governance" was organised in Rome in November 2009.

2008: The Consultative Group of the Child Friendly Cities and Communities Research Initiative organized its first workshop in the Hague, hosted by the Bernard van Leer Foundation, 5 - 7 November 2008. The purpose of the first workshop was to begin the task of designing a package of assessment and monitoring tools that can be adapted and used by communities and cities internatioanlly. The intention is to make these available globally through the redesign of the Child Friendly Cities web site as an interactive resource.


A brief about the Child Friendly Cities Research Initiative (updated September 2010) can found here.

Download the summary of the Project, including the outcomes of the Hague workshop (updated January 2009).

Concept note on the Child Friendly Cities and Communities project (updated September 2008)

The Philippine Pilot Study of the Child Friendly Community Participatory Assessment Tools

Research toolkit to assess a set of child rights indicators for communities and cities at the local governance level:

The UNICEF Child Friendly Cities website

Contact information

Children's Environments Research Group, the Graduate School, City University, New York:

Roger Hart, roghart [at] and Pamela Wridt,  PWridt [at]

UNICEF: Dora Giusti  dgiusti [at] 

List of Participants

Unicef- Innocenti Research Centre
Children’s Environments Research Group, the Graduate Center, City University, New York

Participants at the consultative group meeting in the Hague, 5 - 7 November 2008.

Project history

The Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI) was launched in 1996 to act on the resolution passed during the second UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) to make cities liveable places for all; in UNICEF terms, for "children first." CFCI advocates the adoption of governance approaches and participatory urban management that promote the realization of the rights of the youngest citizens. It is a powerful tool for identifying disparities and forms of discrimination, and addressing them in a systemic manner through the holistic implementation of full rights for all children. The research project supported by Childwatch International aims to map the experiences and tools used by the partners of the CRCI, to assess the usefulness of these tools and to establish a knowledge base for promoting the children's environmental rights.

Resources on Children's Environments

See the Childwatch International Children's Environments Research Page

See the Childwatch International Participation and Citizenship Research Page

Conference proceedings from the 2010 Child in the City conference

Tags: ["Child Friendly Cities", "Unicef Innocenti Research Centre", "Children's Environments Research Group"]
Published July 25, 2012 3:58 PM - Last modified Apr. 17, 2013 3:42 PM