WHAT WE DO

Rapid Deployment

We are available to respond to child-care and protection concerns in new or protracted humanitarian crises. Most associates hold MPH degrees from the Program on Forced Migration and Health at Columbia University, and have also received specialized training in child protection from Senior Associates. All roster members have a minimum of three years field experience as well.

Assessment and Evaluation

We are pioneers in employing novel methodologies capable of yielding critical information to meet “real time” child protection needs. Participatory and ethnographic approaches are employed to enable agencies to understand local perspectives on child protection and well-being. We also are well-know for our application of descriptive epidemiology to child rights concerns, including efforts to establish prevalence data on gender based violence, separated children, HIV-AIDs “orphans,” and trafficking and other human rights concerns. We are committed to ensuring national and international agencies and government actors are able to employ these essential tools as standard practice.

Policy and Good Practice Development

We have decades of experience working with children in adverse environments. We have developed policy directives, good practice guidelines, and field manuals for numerous organizations, including UNICEF, UNHCR, the Interagency Standing Committee, Save the Children, Christian Children’s Fund, World Bank and USAID, among others.

Program Design and Evaluation

We have unparallel experience in program assessment, design and evaluation. We have led major evaluation initiatives for a range of UN and NGO agencies. We are available to work in partnership with child protection agencies around the world.

Operational Research

We have research the life outcomes of child soldiers; the impact of traditional healing on war-affected girls and boys; risk and resilience in urban slums; protective pathways for girls migrating from rural to urban areas; prevalence rates of domestic violence, gender-based violence, sexual exploitation and abuse, among many other child protection concerns. Collective, partners have published more than 500 books, articles, chapters, and good practice manuals.

Workshops and Conferences

We employ participatory, ranking and consensus building exercises to ensure conferences and workshops produce meaningful results. We are especially interested in agency initiatives that aim to develop capacity, identify promising practices, and promote inter-agency learning.

Program Development and Fundraising

One of our associates has a dozen years senior management experience in program development, fundraising and events planning with major charitable organizations. She consults on special projects, fundraising strategies and charitable events.

Technology and Design

One of our associates is an expert in communication design and technology, with a particular focus on the use of new technologies and digital tools to solve a range of challenges encountered in adverse and crisis affected contexts.