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Participation resource guide

Involvement in political decision-making


Child-led organizations, networks, movements

From Strength to Strength: Children’s Initiatives and Organisations in South and
Central Asia. Save the Children (2004)

This child friendly publication is the result of a regional workshop held in January 2004with 14 children’s representatives from child led organisations from across the South and Central Asia region. The children’s representatives came together to share experiences and analysis and to strengthen their child led initiatives and organisations at local, national and regional levels – thus reinforcing their role as active citizens and efforts towards the fulfilment of children’s rights. The report takes you on a journey introducing you to the children/young people’s representatives and their organisations. Processes and outcomes from various creative tools including: building a good citizen, the Spider Tool, the paper chain game and a visioning exercise are shared. Whilst introducing the Spider Tool for self assessment and planning of child led initiatives and organisations the hildren’s representatives focused on two of the key quality elements (KQEs), namely: dynamic membership, and children aware and active on rights and responsibilities. During individual and collective analysis of these KQEs the representatives discussed interesting issues relating to: representation, organisational structures, legal recognition of their organisations, and the need for capacity building of children and of adults. Action plans to strengthen their initiatives were made during the workshop.

How to Run a Youth-Led Youth Center Save the children Albania (2009)

This handbook is intended for people willing to become part of youth-led initiatives and for those interested in knowing more about the “Youth Center” project.The “Youth Center” is a child protection project of Save the Children in Albania originating from the “Measures against child trafficking in Southeastern Europe“ that started to be implemented in Albania in 2002. Apart from its main goal, namely prevention and protection of children from trafficking and other negative phenomena, it also aims to discover ways to equip disadvantaged or marginalized children and young people with skills necessary for their full integration into society. Moreover it intends to ensure support from the local community and authorities with regard to the active youth participation, initiatives on the most disadvantaged children and young people, and documentation and assessment of what has been done.
This hand-book presents the experience of the joint work of the Roma youth, employees and professionals who set up and run the Kuçova youth center. It may provide practical insights to those directly involved (or intending to get involved) with the youth, especially to those involved in community youth projects. We hope this hand-book will be useful to partners, donors and all those interested in working with the youth. That is why is included here the methodology and a summary of the training sessions for the formation of young trainers.

African Movement of Working Children and Youth, A World Fit For and By Children: Our point of view as African working children, AMWCY, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 2001.
This report presents working children’s views on the debates and practices of working children’s participation and movements in Africa. The report was prepared for submission at the UN Special Session on Children and includes commentaries on the ten points of the Global Movement for Children.

Child Workers in Asia, Mapping of Children’s Organizations in Asia, CWA, Bangkok, 2002.
This is a list of children’s organizations in South Asia and South-East Asia, with details on their history, programme activities, management and contact information.

Concerned for Working Children, Bhima Sangha and the Makkala Panchayats: Chroniclers of our own histories, Bhima Sangha and the Makkala Panchayats together with CWC, Bangalore, India, 2003.
This document was jointly written by children of Bhima Sangha (a union of child workers) and the Makkala Panchayats (a parallel government by, of and for children) through a comprehensive environmental scan of the processes, structures and power of children as perceived and recorded by children in Karnataka, India.

CRF, Directory of Children and Youth-Led Organizations in Cambodia, Child Rights Foundation, Children and Young People’s Movement for Child Rights and Save the Children Sweden, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 2005.
This is a directory of nearly 100 organizations and associations led by children and young people in Cambodia. This list is limited to organizations with a clear structure, continuous programmes and contact addresses.
Email: crf2002@online.com.kh

Feinstein, Clare and Claire O’Kane, Strengthening Support to Child–Led Organisations and Initiatives, The Spider Tool: A self assessment and planning tool for child led initiatives and organisations, Set of 3 publications: Lessons Learnt, The Spider Tool, and The Facilitator’s Guide, Child Participation Working Group, Save the Children Alliance, UK, 2006.
This set of publications describes practical tools for assessing the strengths and weaknesses of child-led organizations. The publication includes a facilitator’s guide and a lessons-learned publication that describes processes and outcomes of piloting the spider tool in seven countries in Asia, Europe, Latin America and Africa.
Email: ravikarkara@savethechildren.org.np or info@savethechildren.org.np

Karkara, Ravi, et al., CD Resource Book on Facilitating Children’s Organization and Children’s Citizenship and Governance, International Save the Children Alliance, South and Central Asia, Kathmandu, 2002.
This resource book presents a series of practical tools on child rights, children’s participation and citizenship, power, developing children’s organizations, facilitation and life skills that strengthen children’s organizations.

Ketel, Herman, Proud to Work and Happy to be Organized: Working children in West Africa and their participation in their own movement, Save the Children Sweden Regional Office, West Africa, 2003.
This is a report on the working children’s movement in West Africa. It presents the views of working children, their roles, aspirations and activities within the movement.
Email: library@rb.se

Panicker, Rita and Claire O’Kane, What Accounts for Success in Developing Children’s Organizations: Our experiences and reflections from Butterflies Programme of street and working children, Butterflies, New Delhi, 2000.
This document presents the experiences of the Butterflies Programme of Street and Working Children in Delhi. Butterflies works to empower children to develop their own organizations to assert their rights.
Email: claireokane2002@yahoo.co.uk

Rajbhandary, Jasmine, Roger A. Hart, and Chandrika Khatiwada, The Children’s Clubs of Nepal: An assessment of a national experiment in children’s democratic development, Save the Children Norway and US, Kathmandu, 2002.
This report reviews the growing popularity of children’s clubs in Nepal. It explains the use of participatory methods of monitoring and evaluation that were developed by children.
Email: post@2savechildren-norway.org.np

Save the Children, Guiding Principles for Facilitating Children’s Organizations, Save the Children South and Central Regional Office, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2002.
These guiding principles for facilitating children’s organizations are included in Book 1, Annex 4 of Claire O’Kane’s, Children and Young People as Citizens.

Sloth-Neilson, Julia, Realizing the Rights of Children Growing Up in Child-Headed Households: A guide to laws, policies and social advocacy. Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape, South Africa, 2004.
This publication presents some of the main legal and policy issues that concern child-headed households. The publication is aimed at a broad readership and goes beyond those working with AIDS orphans.

Strengthening Child-Led Organizations, United Nations Special Session on Children, Save the Children and Girl Guides, New York, 2002.
This is a report of a meeting during the UN Special Session on Children in New York in May 2002. It highlights how child-led organizations and children’s movements have been able to promote participation, self advocacy and representation.

Swift, Anthony, Working Children Get Organised: An introduction to working children’s organizations, Save the Children, London, 1999.
This report presents five organizations and movements of child workers. It examines their history, objectives, activities and political orientations. It focuses on the voices and experiences of child workers to illustrate what participation means to them.

UNICEF, ‘Children and Youth Parliaments’, Unpublished Paper, Adolescent Development and Participation Unit, UNICEF, New York, 2001.
This is a summary of experiences with children and youth parliaments in more than 70 countries. The document is based on reports by UNICEF country offices and by the CRC Committee.
Available from: www.intranet.unicef.org (only accessible by UNICEF staff)

White, Sarah C.,Child Brigade: An organization of street working children in Bangladesh, Save the Children Sweden, Dhaka and University of Bath, UK, 2001.
This report presents the story of the Child Brigade, a street children’s organization in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It describes how this child-led initiative started and how children overcame many challenges to establish an agency of street children. This case study raises issues that have general relevance for the promotion of children’s rights.

Wittkamper, Jonah (ed.), Guide to the Global Youth Movement, Global Youth Action Network, New York, 2002.
This is a comprehensive directory of youth organizations and movements from around the world.
Email: gyan@youthlink.org

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