UNICEF and Save the Children - Working together against child poverty
By Rupa Joshi
Kathmandu - "Imagine we are in a boxing ring, fighting a very powerful opponent, child poverty, it makes so much more sense to have another boxer in the ring punching at the same enemy," said Will Parks, UNICEF Representative a.i. during the Joint Programme Sharing Meeting of UNICEF and Save the Children. "Together, UNICEF and Save are working to support the government's programme to help lift the estimated 6 million children out of poverty."
The Meeting was held in May 2011 in Kathmandu to assess the progress of the joint programmes by the two organisations. Representatives from the National Planning Commission (NPC), the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare (MoWCSW) as well as the Departmet of Education attended the review Meeting.
Will Parks and Udaya Manandhar, Assistant Country Director of Save, briefed the participants about the progress made at the local and national levels in 2010 and the plans for 2011.
UNICEF and Save the Children have joint programmes on education; child protection; health (newborn, child, maternal) and nutrition; policy, advocacy and governance; and HIV & AIDS ranging from field-level interventions to national-level advocacy.
The representatives from the MoWCSW, while calling the partnership an impressive one, urged the two organisations to focus on the neediest of children, including children living on the streets. Similarly the representatives from NPC expressed hope that the joint collaboration between UNICEF and Save the Children will "feel the pressure" to work on the protection and welfare of more than 4 million children in the country who live below the poverty line.
"The partnership between UNICEF and Save the Children breaks the traditional "silo" working modality of development partners," said Brian Hunter, Country Director, Save the Children. "Working together we hope to set an example of increasing efficiency, impact, transparency, and increasing dialogue with civil society while supporting the government's goals."