The CP AoR recognises that States have the primary role and responsibility in the initiation, organisation, coordination and implementation of humanitarian assistance within their territory. Therefore, national systems’ capacities need to be strengthened to guarantee their increased involvement in coordination and leadership of the child protection humanitarian preparedness and response, both at national and sub-national level.
CP AoR is therefore working together with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to strengthen government leadership and engagement.
The overall aim of the project is to:
In 2015, the UNCEF WCARO and the Child Protection Area of Responsibility had identified the need to strengthen national systems to be better involved in the coordination, leadership and preparation of the CP humanitarian response at all levels (national and subnational and developed a three-year project to respond to this need.
A series of regional workshops have since been held in the periods of December 2015, December 2016 and May 2017 in partnership with UNICEF West and Central Africa Regional Office (WCARO) and the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, with the aim of:
After the evaluation of the WCARO initiative, lessons learnt were collected and guided a second workshop in Addis Ababa, this time with seven English speaking countries. See the one pager here.
In February 2020, the CP AoR has worked with the UNICEF Kenya Child Protection Section in Nairobi to support the Department of Children’s Services in Kenya to strengthen the capacity of County Children Coordinators in the emergency prone counties in Kenya. The focus was on developing and reviewing preparedness and response plans for children affected by emergencies. The CP AoR also undertook the review of the Operational Guidelines for Child Protection in Emergencies developed by the Department of Children’s Services, which was planned to launch before the end of 2020.
Related resource: Engaging with States in Conflict Settings or other Situations of Armed Violence: key considerations for child protection coordinators (6 pages - 2019)