In 2009, a Strategic Framework for Partnerships and Collaborations was approved by the UNICEF Executive Board; it laid out an organizational vision for partnerships, a set of key principles, and outlined the added value of a strategic approach to integrating partnerships and collaborative relationships into our way of doing business.
Guided by the Framework and the Medium Term Strategic Plan, and in an effort to become more strategic and coherent in its partnering, UNICEF is working to create an enabling environment for partnerships and collaborations. The organization is accordingly working on implementing the necessary organizational change that will facilitate the streamlining and integration of this approach into our programme planning, implementation, reporting, monitoring and evaluation processes. Evidence has shown that UNICEF can achieve better results when working in genuine partnerships at eye level, making use of its enormous convening power, and leveraging results for children rather than presenting itself as the main actor who contracts the services of others.
Throughout its history, UNICEF has worked with a broad range of partners based on its conviction that relationships and collaborations are critical in achieving the best possible results for children. While being a pioneer among United Nations agencies in this regard, research suggests that UNICEF’s relationships have been ad hoc in nature. It is hoped that the new approach and supporting actions will enable UNICEF to move forward at all levels of the organization in maximizing the full potential of partnerships and collaborative efforts.
What benefits can partnering with UNICEF bring my company?
For companies that partner with UNICEF Viet Nam through our corporate social investment programme, potential benefits include:
Why UNICEF Viet Nam?
UNICEF is the leading global advocate for children’s rights. UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly and its work is carried out in 191 countries, supporting child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation and AIDS.
As the leading children’s organization in Viet Nam for over 30 years, UNICEF has the most comprehensive programme for children and has been working closely with the Government and communities to address the evolving needs of children throughout the country.
Why invest in children?
Here in Viet Nam, fast economic growth has widened the gap between rich and poor, and as a result many children are being left behind. These children are invisible to much of society and often lack basic necessities like shelter, clean water, education and protection. Ensuring that every child goes to school, has access to quality healthcare, is fed with nutritious meals and is protected from abuse and exploitation is fundamental to creating a healthy, literate and ultimately more productive society.
Every third child in Viet Nam is poor
By any measure, Viet Nam has made tremendous progress for its children over the past two decades, a remarkably short time. However, child poverty is much more prevalent than commonly believed. Using contemporary measures of child poverty – which consider children’s basic needs and rights, – including education, healthcare, nutritious food and safe water, shelter, sanitation, and protection from unsafe work and abuse – shows that almost one third of all children in Viet Nam under the age of 16 are poor.
Some kids are left behind
Reduced poverty and other aspects of social development have not benefited everyone equally. Currently in Viet Nam there are significant disparities between different groups of people in different parts of the country. In particular, ethnic minority children are much worse off than non-minority children, and kids living in many rural areas experience more deprivation than kids living in cities and towns.
Children are particularly vulnerable
In Viet Nam, children and their families are especially vulnerable to natural disasters, the impacts of climate change, economic crises and the consequences of parents’ migration. Unexpected disasters may push families who escaped poverty back into it. And then children’s health and education are jeopardised, which can have life-long developmental consequences. Poverty is also on the rise among children in urban areas, particularly children of migrant parents. When people move to cities, traditional protection systems can break down, leaving migrant children vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.
Child Rights & Business Principles
The Children’s Rights and Business Principles (CRBP) identify a range of actions that all business should take to respect children’s rights – to prevent and address any adverse impact on children’s human rights, as well as measures all business is encouraged to take to help support and advance children’s rights. It recognizes the tremendous positive power of businesses large and small, and seeks to promote the best business practices. The 10 principles call on the entire business community around the world to evaluate their impact on the rights of children; and to take action to make a difference for children.
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Partnership with UNICEF
The brochure introduces interested partners to UNICEF Viet Nam’s Corporate Social Investment Programme that offers our unique assets to support companies that are committed to make a positive contribution to children, communities and the environment.
The brochures were jointly designed with various corporate partners to implement initiatives that build on the strengths and opportunities offered by each company. We can help you achieve your Corporate Social Responsibility commitment as well as your business objectives.
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