Sub-Saharan Africa

MAPPING GLOBAL PRACTICE: HEALING COMMUNITIES, TRANSFORMING SOCIETY – Mental health, psychosocial support and peacebuilding

Posted By: • September 7th, 2017

This mapping exercise was jointly conducted by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR, South Africa) and the War Trauma Foundation (WTF, Netherlands) to gather concrete contemporary data and insights from the field and to identify (thereby also creating relationships with) organisations and individuals around the world working in the fields of mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) and peacebuilding (PB). More specifically, the aim was to begin to ascertain whether these organisations acknowledge the nexus between mental health and peacebuilding, and to establish whether and how they are integrating an awareness of the other field’s components into their work. Read More

INSPIRE: Seven Strategies for Ending Violence Against Children

Posted By: • April 28th, 2017

Up to one billion children in the world are estimated to have experienced physical, sexual, or psychological violence in the past year. INSPIRE is a technical package for those committed to preventing and responding to violence against children and adolescents. The package is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Read More

Resettlement as a Protection Tool for Refugee Children

Contributed by a member of the RISE Community • March 26th, 2017

Globally, nearly 100,000 – or slightly less than 1% – of all refugee and asylum-seeking children are separated from their families. Children in this situation are at risk of multiple violations and harmful practices such as child labor and early marriage. This article explores the need to ensure that new and existing initiatives to resettle refugee children at risk, including unaccompanied children, are better able to serve their unique protection needs in today’s global context. Read More

Experiences of Peer Bullying among Adolescents and Associated Effects on Young Adult Outcomes: Longitudinal Evidence from Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam

Posted By: • February 28th, 2017

Being bullied has been found to have a significant impact on children’s physical and mental health, psychosocial well-being and educational performance, with lasting effects into adulthood on health, well-being and lifetime earnings. Little is known about bullying in low- and middle-income countries, however. Read More

Sexual Victimisation of Children in South Africa: Final Report of the UBS Optimus Foundation Study

Posted By: • July 19th, 2016

The Optimus Study – a three-year national prevalence and incidence study involving over nine thousand 15-17 year old South Africans –  provides the first-ever nationally representative data in South Africa on child sexual abuse, maltreatment and exposure to other forms of violence. As such, it contributes to the evidence base critical to national child protection planning and programming to improve response and prevention interventions. Read More