Sub-Saharan Africa

Cash Transfer Programming and Child Protection in Humanitarian Action: Review and Opportunities to Strengthen Evidence

Posted By: • May 20th, 2019

As prevalence of cash transfer programming in humanitarian response has grown, so too has the recognition that the child protection sector must learn how to use case transfer programs to achieve better results for children. This report summarizes the evidence for cash transfer programming and child protection in humanitarian contexts and recommends areas for action and further research. It highlights the gaps, needs, and opportunities found in the literature and confirmed by experts working across child protection, cash transfer programming, and other relevant areas of humanitarian action and international development. The findings and recommendations are intended to guide the Cash Transfer and Child Protection Task Force of the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action as it generates participation and investment in a multi-year research agenda. Included in the set is a 2-page briefing note summarizing the review and recommendations, an introductory video, and an infographic on the recommendations. Read More

A Toolkit for Reflective Practice in Supporting Community-led Child Protection Processes and Companion Guide

Posted By: • May 20th, 2019

This Toolkit was developed by the Child Resilience Alliance (CRA), formerly known as the Columbia Group for Children in Adversity, with Mike Wessells serving as the lead author and coordinator. The Toolkit and its companion Guide were developed for the Interagency Learning Initiative on Community-Based Child Protection Mechanisms and Child Protection Systems. Together with its companion Guide, A Guide for Supporting Community-Led Child Protection Processes, the Toolkit aims to enable effective, sustainable community-led action that prevents and responds to child protection risks. This community-led approach is promising because it generates high levels of community ownership, enables children’s leadership, and helps communities to mobilize themselves for internally guided, positive change. Read More

Connection cash with care for better child well-being: An evaluation of a Family and Community Strengthening Programme for beneficiaries of the Child Support Grant

Posted By: • May 20th, 2019

Over 12 million children, or 63% of all children in South Africa, received a Child Support Grant(CSG) in 2018. The CSG is a monthly cash transfer that has had a positive impact on child nutrition and school attendance and reduces income poverty in poor families with children.

Complementary family strengthening interventions are widely advocated to accelerate the positive effects of cash transfers locally and internationally. It is anticipated that these strategies could mitigate psychosocial, systemic and structural risks that compromise child well-being in disadvantaged families Read More

Catalyzing Business Skills: For Caregivers – Trainer’s Guide

Posted By: • May 20th, 2019

Making Cents International (Making Cents), in partnership with ChildFund International, developed the Catalyzing Business Skills curriculum for the Economic Strengthening to Keep and Reintegrate Children into Families (ESFAM) project in Uganda. The curriculum aims to build the financial literacy and business knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for adult members/caregivers participating in savings groups who are interested in engaging in successful income generation activities. Read More

RISE Learning Network Evaluation Report

Posted By: • January 29th, 2019

We are very glad to share the executive summary of the evaluation report of the RISE Learning Network which was conducted earlier in October 2018. The executive summary presents the highlights of the findings and recommendations from the evaluation. The purpose of the evaluation is to establish progress against each objective and to assess if the theory of change and ways of working were effective for sharing learning and in bringing about change in policy and practice. Recommendations are made to inform future work around recovery and reintegration from child sexual exploitation. This evaluation was undertaken by an independent evaluator, Joanna Wakia and commissioned by Family for Every Child. Read More

RISE Learning Project on the Monitoring & Evaluation of Reintegration of Children and Adolescents – Consolidated End-Term Report for Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

Posted By: • August 2nd, 2018

Since 2015, the RISE Learning Network has been promoting and facilitating learning on recovery and reintegration (R&R) approaches that improve outcomes for children and adolescents affected by sexual exploitation (CSE) in three focus regions  – Sub-Saharan Africa, South and Central Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.  Read More

A Familiar Face: Violence in the lives of children and adolescents

Posted By: • December 11th, 2017

A Familiar Face: Violence in the lives of children and adolescents uses the most current data to shed light on four specific forms of violence: violent discipline and exposure to domestic abuse during early childhood; violence at school; violent deaths among adolescents; and sexual violence in childhood and adolescence. Read More

Youth Participation in Development: A Guide for Development Agencies and Policy Makers

Posted By: • December 11th, 2017

This guide aims to increase understanding of the growing importance of, and greater potential for, youth participation in development practice and to explore key issues and approaches. But it goes beyond the rhetoric of many policy advocacy papers, which simply argue for a focus on youth participation. Rather, this guide provides information on how to actually work with youth at a practical operational level in respect of policy and programming. It does this through the provision of promising practice case studies (and their associated resources), and a number of quality standards that will help organisations to get started. Read More

Singing to the Lions: A Facilitator’s Guide to Overcoming Fear and Violence (Documents and Webinar Link)

Posted By: • January 22nd, 2017

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has released a new tool based on principles of psychosocial resilience, cognitive psychology and narrative therapy. Singing to the Lions is a guide for facilitators, to enable them help children and youth develop skills to resolve the impact of violence and abuse in their lives and to heal. The guide describes the steps in running a workshop for participants aged 11 to young adults. By the end of the workshop described in this guide, participants will learn that they can transform their lives and no longer feel dominated by fear. Although developed for young people, and including games, art and songs, the Singing to the Lions workshop can also be used with adults to help them manage their own anxiety, take action on aspects of their lives that cause fear, and in so doing, become better parents and caregivers. A supplement and data entry sheet, which are intended to be used with the guide, and a handout about the workshop are also available to download. Read More

The African Report on Child Wellbeing 2016 – Getting It Right: Bridging the Gap between Policy and Practice

Posted By: • January 15th, 2017

The African Report on Child Wellbeing series is a pan-African project intended to promote state accountability to children and mobilise legal, policy and administrative actions towards progressive realisation of the ideals and principles of the UN Charter on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC). The fourth edition of the Report builds on previous editions and findings of various studies undertaken by the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) and other child-focused organizations, which consistently show that there is insufficient progress on implementation of laws and polices pertaining to children. The report examines the underlying institutional, systemic and administrative barriers affecting effective implementation of the rights and wellbeing of children and is expected to initiate discussion and trigger action to narrow the gap between policy promises and their actual implementation. Read More

ECPAT Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism: Sub-Saharan Africa Report

Posted By: • January 15th, 2017

This regional report was prepared as a contribution to ECPAT International’s Global Study on the Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism (SECTT) and is based on research conducted in Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Zambia. The Sub-Saharan Africa research consistently identifies the need to improve services for the protection of children against SECTT, including response efforts that are properly contextualized and designed to meet the needs of families and child victims. The paramount importance of parental care and family relationships for ensuring the protection of children against SECTT is also underscored, with the recommendation that multi-stakeholder approaches to addressing this issue must involve identifying culturally relevant and effective ways to strengthen the capacity of families and communities to care for and protect children. Read More

Introducing the Guidelines on Children’s Reintegration

Posted By: • September 7th, 2016

Reuniting with Families as First Priority 
The Inter-agency group on Children’s Reintegration just launched the Guidelines on Children’s Reintegration, which are intended to help governments, donors, NGOs, faith-based organisations and practitioners to pursue reintegration as the primary response in cases of separated children. Read More

Guidance on ethical considerations in planning and reviewing research studies on sexual and reproductive health in adolescents.

Contributed by a member of the RISE Community • October 31st, 2018

This document is intended to address commonly occurring situations and challenges that one faces in carrying out research with adolescents (people aged 10–19 years), the majority of whom are deemed not to have reached the recognized age of majority in their respective settings. To this end, adolescents aged 18 and 19 years are classified as adults in many settings and have the legal capacity to make autonomous decisions regarding their participation in research. In this document, the term “children” refers to people below the age of 18 years, and the term “minor adolescents” refers specifically to people aged 10–18 years. Read More

Webinar on Resilience: from Research to Practice

Posted By: • April 10th, 2018

Building with Bamboo presented their shared learning panel, Resilience: from Research to Practice, on Wednesday 28 March 2018.  16 practitioners and researchers participated at the webinar, they had the opportunity to learn about the latest lessons and challenges experienced by Resilience Champions during the learning and innovation cycle 3, and also, to further discuss resilience in street-connected children. Please find here the webinar recording. Read More

Webinar on Case Management (Recording)

Contributed by a member of the RISE Community • March 25th, 2018

Case management provides a framework for the professional management of child protection projects. It is important that individuals implementing a case management system are well supported and understand it fully. Case management is an important resource in providing the highest quality service to vulnerable children in very challenging circumstances. Read More