Planning, monitoring and evaluation
Evidence-based policy planning and programming for the advancement of every child.
Equity focused evidence generation and action
India has nearly a sixth of the global population and stands at an enviable position with the largest adolescent population - 253 million people or 21 per cent of all adolescents globally.
Despite many achievements India’s economic successes are yet to find full reflection in the quality of life and well-being of its people, especially women and children. In this context, there is an urgent need for evidence to inform programme design, implementation and to feed into the political dialogue for more investment in children and women.
In order to better the lives of millions of children in India who are still unable to live in dignity, reach their full potential or make choices about their future UNICEF needs timely, strategically focused and objective information on the performance of its policies, programmes, and initiatives. Without such information, it can be difficult to ensure organizational learning and accountability, which are critical to delivering results.
India is a rapidly changing, volatile and complex Country that requires agile approaches and analysis to design and implement evidence-based programmes.
We support the Government of India to develop, implement, monitor and report on evidence-based policy planning and programming for the advancement of all children and adolescents.
UNICEF works endlessly to generate evidence, foster the analysis and use of this evidence to feed in policy dialogue, advocacy, and programming in the region. We support knowledge management and dissemination to ensure access to up-to-date data on children and women in India.
In line with UN-reforms and UN-coherence-Delivering as One, UNICEF supports the Government of India to implement, monitor and report on equitable programmes to respond to the needs of children's rights in India. This constitutes a unique opportunity to foster synergies and inter-agency collaboration to address the remaining challenges.
We provide technical support on child rights to commissions for the protection of child rights at national and state levels towards further improving monitoring and implementation of rights. UNICEF is supporting the Government by monitoring the realization of child rights for Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (Save the girl, educate the girl) and Jan Dhan programmes.
We generate evidence to inform national and state programmes with a focus on equity and child rights. For instance, disaggregated data from the results of the Rapid Survey on Children 2013-14 supported by UNICEF was used to inform and amend existing programmes such as the Integrated Child Development Scheme and development of new programmes like Mission Indradhanush for immunization and also the national and state nutrition missions.
UNICEF supports the capacity building of key ministries and local governments to generate and use evidence for evaluating policies with a strong focus on equity.
We build the capacity of national statistics offices and governments to bridge data gaps at national, sub-national level and generate disaggregated data.
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India has articulated its commitment to eliminating child marriage through numerous policies, laws and programmes.
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