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UNICEF In the Dominican Republic
The United Nations Children’s Fund has worked with the Dominican Government since 1952, when the first Basic Cooperation Agreement was signed. At the time, our projects were focused on the Education sector, and included training for primary school teachers. We also worked with the National Planning Office on institutional strengthening for project planning, implementation and evaluation.

In 1979 we started to run a comprehensive programme in the south west region, which included education, health, sanitation, nutrition and regional planning activities. The educational projects were extended to the Cibao region and impoverished areas of Santo Domingo in 1984.

Throughout the 1980s UNICEF continued to expand its work with the Dominican Government and non-governmental organisations. Between 1988 and 1992 the main areas of work included children’s survival, primary education, women’s participation in development, children in particularly difficult circumstances and monitoring socio-economic policies on women and child welfare.

From 1992 to 1996 UNICEF’s cooperation continued through programmes in the areas of mother and child health and pre-school education, women’s participation and communications for development, as well as a programme aimed at helping vulnerable children.

Over the following five years UNICEF’s cooperation work was focused on projects promoting women and children’s rights, mother and child health and reproductive health, as well as primary education. During this period we increased our partnerships with communities and civil society.

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Programme of Cooperation 2007-2011

The current programme of cooperation 2007-2011 was signed between UNICEF and the Dominican Government in 2007.

The Programme of Cooperation 2007-2011’s overall objective is to support Government and civil society’s efforts to make effective children’s rights to survival, development, protection and participation. It is rooted in strategies that reinforce national policies, application frameworks and budget allocations and their effectiveness in improving access to basic social services and their use, and strengthening child protection systems.
The main strategies that will be applied are contributing to capacity, social mobilisation and activities aimed at promoting social policies. An inter-sectorial objective is to ensure the protection of boys and girls in the event of natural disasters.

This programme’s activities are conducted through four main areas of work: Children’s Survival and Development, Boys, Girls and Young People and HIV & AIDS, Protection of Boys and Girls against Violence, Abuse and Exploitation, and Public Policies and Partnership for Children.






UNICEF’s Mission

UNICEF is non-partisan and its cooperation is free of discrimination. In everything it does, the most disadvantaged children and the countries in greatest need have priority.

UNICEF is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and strives to establish children's rights as enduring ethical principles and international standards of behaviour towards children.

UNICEF works with all its partners towards the attainment of the sustainable human development goals adopted by the world community and the realization of the vision of peace and social progress enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations.


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