Introduction

This toolkit has been developed primarily for development professionals working in bilateral and multilateral donor agencies (such as European Union delegations, UNICEF, other UN agencies, regional development banks, the World Bank, and others). It is also expected that it will be useful for government and civil society professionals in countries addressing development challenges as well as for experts engaged in providing technical assistance in the design and implementation of development programmes.


The intended audience includes policy makers and practitioners who are not child rights experts but need practical guidance on:


  • How to operationalize international commitments on child rights within different phases and sectors of development cooperation programming and external action;
  • How to support partner governments in implementing their commitments under international treaties and standards to protect, respect and fulfill children's rights.

References and resources

  1. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
  2. High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, ‘Human Rights and Democracy at the Heart of EU External Action: Towards a more effective approach’, Joint Communication to the European Parliament and to the Council, Brussels, 12 December 2011.
  3. Treaty of Lisbon amending the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community, signed at Lisbon, 13 December 2007