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Programme of Cooperation 2007-2011

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Programme of Cooperation 2007-2011

The long-term objective of the Programme of Cooperation between the Government of the Dominican Republic and UNICEF is to contribute to making children’s and young people’s rights to survival, protection, participation and development a reality.

The Programme of Cooperation covers four strategic areas or components:

Children’s Survival and Integrated Development   
                
• To strengthen primary health care for mothers and children, and early childhood development, by supporting government efforts and the implementation of public policies and programmes aimed at ensuring that boys and girls can be born and grow healthily and well nourished, with an emphasis on children aged 0 – 5 from excluded and vulnerable groups.

• Contribute to reinforcing the Ministry of Health’s capacities to provide and monitorimmunisation services, as well as other services that are crucial for children’s health, and to reducing neonatal and maternal mortality rates.

• Cooperate in improving children’s nutritional status and reducing the prevalence of anaemia, iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) and other micronutrient deficiencies, through advocacy, development of policies and programmes and support for specific interventions involving fortifying foods and supplements, improving nutritional practices and breastfeeding promotion.

To strengthen the links between health, education and other sectors using community-based sustainable models.
• Promote the improvement of family and community practices for the care and development of children under the age of five, concentrating on the 0 - 3 age group.

HIV & AIDS

• To support the country in strengthening the national response to HIV & AIDS, with an emphasis on prevention of virus transmission from mother to children, and between young people, as well as initiatives aimed at providing universal treatment and care for boys and girls.

• To provide technical and financial assistance aimed at strengthening alliances, for the design and implementation of public programmes and policies, and to lobby for increased public investment in prevention and care for people infected with and affected by HIV & AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

• Strategic alliances based on population groups constitute a new framework for planning and provision for UNICEF’s cooperation, especially the alliance for children and youth to which UNICEF has provided support and that represents the national response to the Global Campaign for Childhood and HIV & AIDS.

Protecting Girls and Boys from Violence, Abuse and Exploitation

 • Cooperate with the National Childhood and Youth Council – CONANI - and its member institutions, as well as with civil society and local networks for preventing all types of violence and child abuse, and for improving care for victims of abuse and the juvenile penal justice system.

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In the framework of the Code for the System of Protection and Fundamental Rights of Boys, Girls and Young People (Law 136-03) (Available in Spanish) and the Penal Code, this programme concentrates on:

• Providing technical and financial assistance for strengthening national capacity for preventing domestic violence, commercial sexual exploitation, trafficking of minors, and high-risk child labour, as well as ensuring that vulnerable boys and girls who have been victims of abuse receive legal protection and access to support and rehabilitation programmes.

• Support training and institutional strengthening in order to ensure that institutions like the the Judicial System, the National Police, and the National Commission Against Violence, Abuse and Exploitation of Boys, Girls and Young People, as well as CONANI, possess the tools, skills and instruments to fulfil their respective roles and responsibilities.

• Cooperate in the design and implementation of education and social mobilisation strategies with the aim of generating a culture of “zero tolerance” against all types of violence, abuse and exploitation involving children.

• Contribute to the preparation of studies and research with the aim of obtaining reliable and up-to-date information about the status of violence and abuse of children and young people, for improved planning and decision making.

• Support the reinforcement of institutional capacity and national systems, and mobilisation of civil society and communities to ensure that all boys and girls have their birth certificates.



Public Policies and Alliances for Childhood

• Campaign for increased social investment (only in Spanish) that will speed up the fulfilment ofchildren’s rights in the Dominican Republic, while seeking to strengthen children’s rights monitoring, promotion of citizen participation and social demand for children’s rights and more. 

• Cooperate with the process of strengthening institutional and civil society capacity, at national and local level, for the formulation and application of social, economic and legislative policies aimed at making children’s rights and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals a reality, with a special emphasis on the inclusion of the poorest and most marginalised groups.

• Support research and analysis as a basis for dialogue, decision making and social monitoring of resources that have been assigned to social sectors, with the aim of improving the quality and quantity of investments, with greater transparency and equity.

• As part of an inter-agency coordination effort to strengthen national information and statistics systems, and to support social participation and monitoring of national and global objectives, the creation of a “children’s rights index” will be supported, together with the dissemination of reports and bulletins based on this index, on national progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and other objectives.
UNICEF works in close cooperation with government institutions, at central and local level, as well as with universities and other academic and research institutions, non-governmental and community organisations, in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Programme of Cooperation.

• Support the process of implementation of Law 136-03 at national and local level through the creation of municipal directories and setting up Municipal Childhood Offices and Municipal Protection Boards, which will be responsible for providing follow-up, and monitoring cases where children’s rights have been violated and ensure that these are restored.

• Contribute to strengthening decentralisation processes through the provision of technical assistance for the development of a national decentralisation framework, strengthen planning, budget design and participative municipal administration involving children and young people, and reinforcing municipal information systems for monitoring children’s rights and objectives.

• Promote partnerships, using tools like the Child Friendly Municipalities Initiative, and coordination between the main local sectors and actors, including mayors, councillors, decentralised sectorial institutions, non-governmental organisations, community associations, partnerships, as well as youth networks and groups, in support of action for children’s rights and the Millennium Development Goals.

UNICEF works in close cooperation with government institutions, at central and local level, as well as with universities and other academic and research institutions, non-governmental and community organisations, in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Programme of Cooperation.

• Support the process of implementation of Law 136-03 at national and local level through the creation of municipal directories and setting up Municipal Childhood Offices and Municipal Protection Boards, which will be responsible for providing follow-up, and monitoring cases where children’s rights have been violated and ensure that these are restored.

• Contribute to strengthening decentralisation processes through the provision of technical assistance for the development of a national decentralisation framework, strengthen planning, budget design and participative municipal administration involving children and young people, and reinforcing municipal information systems for monitoring children’s rights and objectives.

• Promote partnerships, using tools like the Child Friendly Municipalities Initiative, and coordination between the main local sectors and actors, including mayors, councillors, decentralised sectorial institutions, non-governmental organisations, community associations, partnerships, as well as youth networks (in Spanish) and groups, in support of action for children’s rights and the Millennium Development Goals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children’s Rights Index

A set of indicators from various sectors (health, education, etc.) that combine to present the situation or state-of-the-art in relation to the fulfilment of children’s rights in the country.

 


Directories, Boards and Municipal Protection Offices

The Code for the System of Protection and Fundamental Rights of Boys, Girls and Young People (Law 136-03) envisions the formation of Local Directories, Offices and Boards for Protection and Restitution of Rights, as decentralised units at municipal level that are responsible for providing follow-up and monitoring cases where children’s rights have been violated and to ensure that these are restored. The structure and workings of each of these, and the way they relate to each other, is detailed in this law.

 


Dominican Government

The Dominican Government is committed to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and the protection of human and children’s rights (in Spanish). UNICEF and the United Nations system’s support is geared towards the fulfilment of national objectives for strengthening democracy with social and territorial cohesion, as well as the modernisation of the Dominican economy through its intelligent insertion into the international context.

 


More Information

Dominican Government – UNICEF Programme of Cooperation 2007-2011

See Executive Summary (In Spanish)

See Press Release (In Spanish)


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