Module Eight

Working with Civil Society on Child Rights

This module presents tools and resources designed to support donors to strategically engage with civil society in child rights programming. It also provides practical guidance for how donors can support the creation of an enabling environment for child-focused civil society organizations (CSOs) to operate in. This module:

  1. Explains the rationale of donor engagement with CSOs on child rights and identify entry points of engagement;
  2. Provides recommendations for implementing successful, meaningful and strategic engagement with CSOs to further child rights;
  3. Define the key steps in assessing the enabling environment and supporting space in which CSOs can operate to promote child rights;
  4. Explains how working with CSOs can be mainstreamed in all phases and sectors of cooperation.

References and resources

  1. Coralie, Mugarin, ‘Mapping Civil SocietyA tool for engaging with non state actors’, PowerPoint presentation at Civil Society Facility Seminar, Brussels, 9–10 February 2012.
  2. Curran, Zaza, ‘Civil Society Participation in the PRSP: The role of evidence and the impact on policy choices?’, PPA Synthesis Study, Southern African Regional Poverty Network (SARPN), October 2005. 
  3. European Commission, ‘Thematic Programme: Non-state actors and local authorities in development – Strategy paper 2007–2010’, EC, Brussels, 2007.
  4. European Commission, ‘Thematic Programme: Non-state actors and local authorities in development – 2011–2013 strategy paper’, EC, Brussels, 2011.
  5. European Commission, ‘Engaging Non-State Actors in New Aid Modalities for Better Development Outcomes and Governance’. Tools and Methods Series – reference document no. 12, European Communities, January 2011.
  6. European Commission, ‘The Roots of Democracy and Sustainable Development: Europe's engagement with civil society in external relations’, EC, Brussels, 2012.
  7. European Parliament Council Commission, ‘The European Consensus on Development’, Official Journal of the European Union, C 46/1, 2006.
  8. Hughes, Alexandra, ‘Lessons Learnt on Civil Society Engagement in PRSP Processes in Bolivia, Kenya, and Uganda: A report emerging from the Bolivian-East African Sharing and Learning Exchange’, prepared for the Participation Group, Institute of Development Studies, 2002. 
  9. Maclure, Richard and Sotelo, Melvin, ‘Children’s Rights and the Tenuousness of Local Coalitions: A case study in Nicaragua’, Journal of Latin American Studies, vol. 36, no. 1, 2004, pp. 85–108.
  10. Marriott, Niall and Goyder, Hugh, ‘Manual for Monitoring and Evaluating Education Partnerships’, International Institute for Educational Planning and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Paris, 2009.
  11. NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child, ‘Guide for Non-Governmental Organizations Reporting to the Committee on the Rights of the Child’, NGO Group, Geneva, 2006.
  12. Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness, ‘The Siem Reap CSO Consensus on The International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness’, Siem Reap, June 2011.
  13. Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, ‘Accra Agenda for Action’, OECD, Accra, Ghana, 2–4 September 2008.
  14. Starling, Simon, ‘Balancing Measurement, Management and Accountability: Lessons learned from SC UK’s impact assessment framework’, Draft paper for INTRAC’s International Evaluation Conference, The Netherlands, 31 March–4 April 2003.
  15. United Nations Development Programme, UNDP and Civil Society Organizations: A toolkit for strengthening partnerships, UNDP, New York, 2006.

CSO networks on child rights

  1. Child Rights International Network (CRIN) was formed after CSOs involved in drafting the CRC proposed the idea of systematizing the public disclosure of official and alternative reports
  2. Child Rights Connect (formerly the NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child) is a global network
  3. African Child Policy Forum – an independent, not-for-profit, pan-African institution of policy research and dialogue on the African child.
  4. Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood – a network established to build strong partnerships across sectors and different disciplines, organizations, agencies and institutions in the Asia-Pacific region to advance the agenda on and investment in early childhood.
  5. ChildONEurope – the European Network of National Observatories on Childhood, a technical-scientific body whose partners are the representatives of National Observatories and National Ministries in charge of policies for children.
  6. Latin American and Caribbean Network for the Defence of Children’s Rights – a network of national networks of NGOs on children and adolescents in the Latin American and Caribbean region that actively participate in the defence of the rights of children and adolescents within the framework of the CRC.
  7. South Asia Initiative to End Violence against Children – an inter-governmental body with a vision that all children, girls and boys, throughout South Asia enjoy their right to an environment free from all forms of violence, abuse, exploitation, neglect and discrimination.

Child rights monitoring databases held by CSOs

  1. Civil Society Self-Regulatory Initiatives Database at One World Trust
  2. Global Impact Monitoring (GIM) system launched by Save the Children UK in 2003
  3. International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI)
  4. International Evaluation Partnership Initiative launched by UNICEF and the International Organisation for Cooperation in Evaluation in 2012
  5. World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS)