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Children in Emergencies

Research based information about children in emergencies and humanitarian relief work for children is not as abundant as it is urgent. Below we have gathered links to research based publications, knowledge consortia and networks and central NGO resources on the subject. The list is by no means exhaustive and we welcome submissions of links and references to relevant resources. Childwatch International encourages all organizations and individuals involved in humanitarian emergency assistance to learn from past experiences both in the urgency of the situation and in rebuilding societies for children.

Knowledge Consortia and Networks

The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) is a unique inter-agency forum for coordination, policy development and decision-making involving the key UN and non-UN humanitarian partners.

CPC Learning Network - Agency Learning Network on the Care and Protection of Children in Crisis-Affected Countries

Inter Agency Network for Education in Emergencies - network of practitioners and policy makers working together to ensure all persons the right to quality education and a safe learning environment in emergencies and post-crisis recovery.

The Early Childhood in Emergencies Working Group (EEWG) - The EEWG is co-convened by UNICEF and Save the Children and includes more than 100 organizations and individuals working in early childhood, emergencies and other related fields. It works under the umbrella of the Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development.

The Children and War Foundation has been created to ensure that more solid knowledge about children can be gathered, and then used to improve the care of all children affected by war and disaster.

The Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP) Evaluative Reports Database is useful for finding evaluations of emergency responses for children. 

The Better Care Network brings together organizations and individuals concerned about children without adequate family care. See their web resources for Separated Children in an Emergency.

Child Protection Working Group of the Humanitarian Support Unit of OCHA - Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Research Publications

IGO and NGO resources

After the Cameras Have Gone - Publication by Plan International argues that the protection of children and their right to participate in decisions made about their future may be overlooked if patterns of previous disasters are followed.

Save the Children Misguided Kindness (2010)Policy Brief on Children in Emergencies and Child Protection in Emergencies Position Paper

Early Childhood Development in Emergencies - UNICEF resource page, including links to eductional material

UNICEF in Emergencies

The Protection of Children under Conditions of Natural Disaster (IIN informative note 01/10 ENGLISH and SPANISH) by the Inter American Children's Institute (OAS)

Haiti Earthquake and Inter-Country Adoption of Children Information Note by Hague Conference on Private International Law

Statement on Inter-Country Adoption after the Haiti earthquake by the International Social Service (ISS) and the International Reference Centre for the Rights of Children Deprived of their Family

OECD, Principles for Good International Engagement in Fragile States

Manuals and Tool Kits

INEE Guidance Notes on Teaching and Learning articulates good practice on critical issues related to curricula adaptation and development, instruction and learning processes, teacher training and support, and the assessment of learning outcomes, focusing on the importance of quality side of Education for All.

INEE Reference Guide on External Education Financing provides an overview of the different types of mechanisms for financing education in order to help governments, policy makers and civil society better understand the ways in which donors provide education assistance, how various funding mechanisms work and why donors choose one funding mechanism over another

INEE Pocket Guide to Gender distils essential gender equality programming principles and provides concrete strategies for putting gender equality into practice. It is intended for anyone working to provide, manage or support education services as part of emergency preparedness, response or recovery

Non-Discrimination in Emergencies: Training Manual and Toolkit - Save the Children (2006) This manual provides a foundation for those involved in emergency response to improve their focus on the most powerless groups, and ensure that emergency responses are more effective. It builds on the experiences of Save the Children’s work in emergencies across the world

Delivering Education to Children in Emergencies: A Key Building Block for the Future - International Save the Children Alliance

International Standards

Recommendations by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child from the Day of General Discussion on The Right of the Child to Education in Emergency Situations, Geneva 2008

INEE Minimum Standards Handbook is the only global tool that articulates the minimum level of educational quality and access in emergencies through to recovery, providing good practices for coordinated action by education practitioners and policy makers in governments and international and national agencies.

Refugee Children: UNHCR Guidelines on Protection and Care


Tags: ["emergencies", "education", "UNICEF", "Save the Children", "UN Convention On The Rights Of The Child"]
Published Jan. 21, 2010 12:57 PM - Last modified Apr. 17, 2013 4:06 PM