In the framework of the strategic collaboration with the EU, UNICEF has recently developed a “Child Rights Toolkit: Integrating child rights in development cooperation” .
The tooklit aims to strengthen the development capacity of the European Commission staff, European delegations, bilateral donors and other development actors in tackling child rights issues across various development-related areas such as programming, budgeting, policy-making and law making. Guarding a comprehensible and non-expert discourse, the toolkit aims to be a practical guide for a wide area of practitioners and decision-makers so that in the end national governments manage to implement their commitments made in accordance with international treaties and standards that come to support the respect of children rights.
The UNICEF Child Rights Toolkit proposes a child rights mainstreamed approach towards the implementation of these rights while looking beyond the traditional child-focused sectors and programmes. Thus, the toolkit is divided in 8 modules: (1) Overview of Child Rights in Development Cooperation; (2) Child Rights in Programming and Sector Policies; (3) Child Participation; (4) Child Rights in Governance; (5) Child Rights Assessment; (6) Child-Responsive Budgeting; (7) Child Rights in Crisis and Risk-prone Situations; and (8) Working with Civil Society on Child Rights. UNICEF also proposes a complementary interactive e-learning programme to be launched in April.
During the launching event entitled “Child rights: just mainstream it!” that took place in Brussels on the 26th of February, UNICEF representatives explained that in the future the Child Rights Toolkit will be put into operation in the context of extended training sessions to take place in the UNICEF delegations world-wide, as well as in the relevant EU institutions, delegations and member states embassies.