Module Five

Child Impact Assessment

This module provides an overview and a step-by-step guide to carrying out a child IA for staff of donor agencies, including staff of the EU and governments who are not specialists in children's issues. This module:

  1. Identifies the rationale for undertaking a child IA;
  2. Defines government accountabilities around conducting a child IA;
  3. Outlines the steps for undertaking a child IA;
  4. Demonstrates how to use the conclusions of the child IA to inform policy-making and country programming.

References and resources

  1. 3D (Trade - Human Rights - Equitable Economy), ‘International Trade, Health and Children’s Rights – Thailand’, 3D, Geneva, December 2005.
  2. Commission of the European Communities, ‘The European Union’s Action Plan on Children’s Rights in External Action’, Brussels, 2008.  
  3. Committee on the Rights of the Child, ‘General Comment No. 5: General measures of implementation for the Convention on the Rights of the Child’, Thirty-fourth session, 27 November 2003.
  4. Committee on the Rights of the Child, ‘General Comment No. 12: The right of the child to be heard’, Fifty-first session, 20 July 2009.
  5. European Commission, ‘Impact Assessment Guidelines’, 15 January 2009.
  6. Sinha, Nistha, ‘Does Gender Matter? What does research tell us?’ Presentation by the Economist, Gender and Development Group, World Bank, at the Mainstreaming Gender Equality in Infrastructure Projects: Asia and Pacific Regional Meeting, 2010.
  7. United Nations Children’s Fund, Save the Children UK, the UK Department for International Development and the Directorate for Economic Planning of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Child Rights Impact Assessment of Potential Electricity Price Rises in Bosnia and Herzegovina, UNICEF, Save the Children UK, DFID and DEP, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2007.
  8. Valerio, Alexandria, Abardasi, Elen, Chambal, Antonio and Colobo, Manuel Francis, ‘Mozambique: School fees and primary school enrollment and retention,’ in Coudouel, Aline, Paternostro, Stefano and Dani, Anis A. (eds.), Policy and Social Impact Analysis of Reforms, World Bank, Washington, DC, 2006.
  9. World Bank Group and United Nations Children’s Fund, Integrating a Child Focus into Poverty and Social Impact Analysis (PSIA): A UNICEF – World Bank guidance note, World Bank, Washington, DC, September 2011.
  10. World Bank, Poverty and Social Impact Analyses (PSIA)

Regional child observatories as sources of information




ChildOnEurope (European Network of National Observatories on Childhood)


African Child Policy Forum

African Child Information Hub

Children’s Institute at Cape Town University, South Africa


Observatory for Child and Adolescents Rights (ODNA - Ecuador)

Red por los Derechos de la Infancia en Mexico

CINDE, International Center for Education and Human Development – Colombia

Observatorio de la Niñez de Medellin – Colombia


National Child Rights Observatory – Egypt

National Observatory for Child Rights (ONDE - Morocco)

Observatory for Information, Training, Documentation and Studies on the Rights of the Child (ODE - Tunisia)