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Situation Analysis

The Situation Analysis Function

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YEMEN: Girls attend a local primary school in the district of Bait Al Faqueeh in Hodeidah Governorate.
Supporting national efforts and institutions
Development of a Situation Analysis of Children and Women is a central function of UNICEF’s mandate. It is a programme output that strongly supports national efforts and institutions. It is part of the UN’s overall effort to support national capacity for promoting human development and fulfilling the human rights of citizens. The assessment and analysis shows child-relevant dimensions of national development problems and points the way to possible solutions and priority actions (some of which may be supported by the UN). It promotes extensive value-added in the analytical use of available data and qualitative studies from Government, international development cooperation partners and civil society.

Informing policy dialogue and child-focused policy advocacy
The Situation Analysis is a major tool for informing policy dialogue and child-focused policy advocacy.  The process of conducting a Situation Analysis is normally linked to key national policy processes/dialogues in a way that it can provide specific policy recommendations and evidence for child rights advocacy, including by partners.  Creating necessary ownership of policy dialogue requires involvement of policy makers in the Situation Analysis process and in the formulation of relevant recommendations. Involving central and substantial government institutions as champions of the Situation Analysis results is particularly useful. The engagement of civil society at all levels helps build ownership of the findings. Involving the donor community enhances the impact of the Situation Analysis and contributes to harmonization of strategies for policy reform.




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