Improving birth registration in Liberia
A decentralized birth registration system was launched in July 2010 in Liberia, where only 4 per cent of under-five children are registered and possess birth certificates, the second lowest percentage in the world. Led by the Government, this new system aims to register all the estimated 1.6 million children in the country by the end of 2011. To assist the Government to meet this ambitious objective, UNICEF and Plan International (an international child-centred development organization) have combined forces to raise awareness of registration across the whole country, as well as develop databases to store records and train officials and volunteers to administer them.
Source: Plan International
Creating child- and women-friendly spaces in Pakistan
The severe floods that hit Pakistan in 2010 left many children homeless and vulnerable to neglect and abuse. In response, UNICEF worked closely with Pakistani NGOs such as the Indus Resource Centre to set up child- and women-friendly spaces. More than 54 safe spaces were set up in flood-affected areas, allowing children and women to come together and access basic services in a safe and protected environment. Communities were encouraged to take responsibility for operating the spaces after the project ended.
Source: UNICEF, ‘After cyclone Yemyin, building community around child-friendly spaces in Pakistan’, 24 December 2007.
Promoting child participation in Brazil
The Movimento Nossa Sao Paulo (Our Sao Paulo Movement) was formed by hundreds of social organizations, neighbourhood associations and residents of Sao Paulo to address extreme social inequalities in the city. The movement’s early focus on children’s issues and efforts to promote adolescent participation provided common ground for collaboration with UNICEF. Working with the movement, UNICEF Brazil led a child rights working group, made up of more than 15 CSOs, to create a space for political dialogue and advocacy on children’s rights.
Source: UNICEF, ‘UNICEF’s collaboration with civil society: Brazil case study’, Civil Society Partnerships, Programme Division, December 2010.
Promoting religious cooperation to address conflict in Indonesia
In the Maluku (Indonesia), where religious conflict has torn communities apart and led to intolerance and distrust, a coalition of Muslim-Christian NGOs partnered with UNICEF in 2002 to establish a Children’s Parliament. The goal was to give voice to children and create opportunities for interaction among those from different religious backgrounds. Not only was it the first Children’s Parliament in Indonesia, it was also the first significant event to cross the religious divide. The initiative led to peace-building activities that contributed to a peace initiative in the Maluku, including the integration of a peace education curriculum into the provincial education system.