Knowledge Management and Social Policy
In Belize, UNICEF supports activities encouraging the development of an adequate policy environment to promote children’s needs and rights. It provides technical and financial support for the development and implementation of programmes and policies that lead to improved protection of children. The Programme “Disparity Reduction through Public Policy, Investment and Participatory Governance” aims to create a culture of human rights and accountability through building capacities among government and its social partners and strengthening partnerships and advocacy efforts to increase social investments. UNICEF’s work with the GOB requires moving beyond a focus on access to global instruments and associated compliance reporting to enabling a national framework and approach based on human rights. UNICEF also supports the generation of quality and relevant social statistics to effectively monitor the situation of children and women and to facilitate better decision-making in the policy environment. With data disseminated and used, all key partnerships can promote, protect and fulfill the rights of children, including the rights of indigenous boys, girls and women which are safeguarded in the process of national development.
UNICEF supports knowledge generation and national data dissemination to ensure that statistical information on key socio-economic indicators affecting children is available. This is done mainly through capacity building and technical assistance in collaboration with various agencies. UNICEF remains at the forefront as a convening actor for child rights dialogue and advocacy as was seen through the Multiple Indicators Cluster Survey (MICS) coordination and establishment of a national Steering Committee to guide the survey which will be completed along with the Belize Statistical Institute.
The promotion of social policy is key; therefore critical information gathered through research is disseminated among decision makers and stakeholders. UNICEF supports training and sensitization workshops on the importance of children’s rights for these key partners. For example, training was also provided in areas such as positive classroom management and issues regarding child abuse, which has contributed to a better understanding of children’s rights and the important role of adults in the fulfillment of children’s rights. In addition, UNICEF advocates for the involvement of young people in policy making, child budgeting, capacity building and legal reform.