Child Rights Governance

Child Rights Governance

Child Rights Governance aimed at building a society that respects, protects and fulfils children’s rights. It is an effective strategy for impacting on children’s lives at a larger scale, resulting in structural and therefore lasting change. The two main components were:

  • Ensuring responsive government performance, transparency of decision-making and robust accountability mechanisms for the realization of children’s rights.
  • Supporting an active and well organized civil society in support of children’s rights as an important counterpart and counterbalance to governmental action

 

Project impact foresaw the realization of children’s rights will be enhanced in Kenya. This was achieved in the long term through combined efforts, with this project contributing particularly to improved capacity and accountability of duty bearers and enhanced child participation in decision making. KAACR and SCF worked closely with other child rights actors towards this common goal. As a wide range of child rights are still violated in Kenya, this project sought to address them holistically through strengthening the duty bearers (pillar 2) and child participation in decision making (pillar 3).

The project directly reached a total of 9600 children (4800 boys, 4800 girls) in six districts in four counties (administrative structures newly established in the Constitution) (Siaya, Kakamega, Kwale and Mombasa) in 40 schools or communities per district.  Through policy advocacy and capacity development, Kenyan children country-wide benefited from increasingly effective, child-centered and accountable governing practices.  

Improving the capacity and accountability of Kenyan government to fulfil its obligations to signed international treaties and their domestication is supported by KAACR through advocacy and capacity development. Mainstreaming of child rights into government policies and budgeting was at the core of all advocacy measures.
Strengthening of the civil society through capacity development, support given to networking and coordination of various CSO committees and networks (e.g. NGO CRC, CCRN, AACs, international networks) as well as awareness-raising on child rights resulted in an increasingly strong support to the realization of child rights at local level.
Child participation is promoted through child-led groups which consolidate the views of children in different forums, support to systematic dialogue with governance structures (schools, community meetings, government departments), and reinforcement of the use of the National Child Participation Guidelines by all stakeholders.
KAACR’s expertise in child rights advocacy, lobbying and coordination with schools and communities and strong network with the civil society, other child-centered non-governmental and community-based organizations, as well as child-related Government ministries will allow the project to use existing forums and platforms to channel its interventions effectively.