Social Policy and Local Development






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UNICEF works with local governments to enact policies that serve and protect children.

UNICEF plays an indispensable role in making sure that children are at the heart of the national and local development agenda.  Through policy advocacy and partnerships for children’s rights, UNICEF will (1) support national capacity to collect and analyze strategic information on the situation of children and women, (2) research and policy analysis on children and women with special consideration of child poverty and disparities, social budgeting, social protection, decentralization, migration, and legislative reform for CRC/CEDAW implementation., (3) policy advocacy ,dialogue and leveraging.

UNICEF facilitated the integration of children’s rights in the Second Global Forum on Migration and Development and is presently working with the government and NGOs in scaling up programs for children left behind. UNICEF  is working with the Department of Social Welfare and Development in strengthening its social protection program. It works with the Department of Interior and Local Governments in developing issuances to local governments including CRC based local reports. UNICEF convened the UN Gender Theme Group when the  UN Joint Programme on CEDAW Concluding Comments was developed. 

We work to integrate children’s rights into the joint executive and legislative agenda and other policies of local governments.  UNICEF convened a series of legislative summits to assist local legislators to enact ordinances for children. Local government summits also allow the sharing of good practices. UNICEF also worked with the Ayala Foundation in creating an electronic legislative system for sharing of good policies on children.

UNICEF has helped develop tools such as “Mainstreaming Child Rights in Local Development Planning,” “Crafting Children’s Code,” “Moving Forward with Gender and Development,” and “How to make provinces, cities, municipalities and barangays (villages) child-friendly,” which are now widely used. In coordination with local authorities, we monitor compliance of every village to indicators of the Child-Friendly Movement. Transparent and accountable governance is encouraged through regular delivery of annual state of children reports. Philippines is one of the two countries where the child friendly city assessment tool will be pilot tested.

Governments are encouraged to maintain good performance through awards for child-friendly local government units and other incentives. The national government has also been giving Presidential awards for child-friendly cities and municipalities yearly since 1998.



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