Child Rights Group
“Child Rights Group” in Mongolia was established with and ultimate goal to collaborate for the well-being of children in Mongolia. The aim is also to support the government to move in the right direction in protecting the rights of children. In doing so, the approaches of each organization vary in terms of their scope, level of intervention, size of funding, partnering organizations etc. Despite their differences, all those organisations acknowledge the necessity of having a frequent discussion on key issues and strategies for better results for children.
The situation in Mongolia is changing in terms of its position with regard to the support of international organizations. Previously, the Government heavily depended on the resources provided by the international organizations in order to undertake interventions and strengthen its capacities. However, with an improved economic situation, the expectations of the Government from the international organizations have changed, with more focus on improved technical support and bringing international best practices into Mongolia. Hence, International Organizations recognize the necessity of changing their approach by partnering together.
As part of ongoing effort to strengthen the quality and impact of partnership between international organizations, a ‘Child Right’s Group’ composed of UNICEF, Save the Children, World Vision, Voluntary Service Overseas, Mercy Corps, Asia Foundation, etc. was established with the aim of supporting the Government of Mongolia with a better integrated approach to avoid duplication and addressing gaps. The partnership among agencies does not necessarily require to have integrated workplans or control over one’s activity but it implies the exchange of information, an agreed strategy for approaching the Government, improved coordination, and collaboration.
The goal of partnership:
- Support the design, the implementation and importantly, the monitoring of child sensitive programmes, policies and legislation changes to bring lasting impact
- Foster effective collaboration between international organizations through exchange of information, knowledge and expertise
- Have a greater impact on Government through an integrated approach and synergetic effort
- Prevent duplication of effort and address gaps
The scope of partnership:
- Identification of 2- 3 priority areas per year to advocate in partnership
- Joint meetings with Government partners, when necessary
- Involvement of member organizations in major activities organized by the member organizations
- Exchange of news, study reports, best practices and other materials in a timely fashion.
- The Government will have greater trust in the support from child’s rights organizations
- Improved support from the Government
- Enhanced impact on improving the well-being of children
- Improved capacity of international organizations
- Increased recognition of child rights organizations by the public
- Improved monitoring mechanism in place for child rights.
- More effective and efficient response to emerging challenges