From Oct. 14-20, 2018, Child Protection in Emergencies operational agencies, academic institutions, policymakers, donors and practitioners came together in Nairobi, Kenya for the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action’s annual meeting. As a global interagency network, the Alliance supports humanitarian actors to achieve high-quality, effective child protection interventions. The 2018 meeting was an exciting opportunity to showcase the work of Plan International USA and announce that our organization is taking a leadership role in this influential group! Below are highlights of some of the main events.
Opening of the Alliance Meeting: Plan’s Disaster Risk Management Director Jorgen Haldorsen opened the Alliance meeting alongside for Save the Children’s Regional Director for East and Southern Africa David Wright and UNICEF Global Chief for Child Protection Cornelius Williams to formally announce Plan as a co-chair beginning in January 2019.
Plan will be a co-leader with UNICEF and is taking over the role from Save the Children. The co-leadership role will give Plan an opportunity to influence strategic direction within the child protection in emergencies sector and shape the global agenda; elevate Plan’s reputation at country, regional and global levels; and position Plan as a lead protection actor among donors. This achievement is highlighted in press releases from Save the Children and Plan.
The Community-Based Child Protection Task Force: Plan is co-leading the Community-Based Child Protection Task Force under the Alliance, together with World Vision International. CBCP is one of the most controversial and complex approaches in the child protection in emergencies sector. Recent evidence has shown that current CBCP practices are ineffective and must be reimagined.
Plan has been instrumental in influencing the thinking around CBCP, and we have worked very hard to reactivate this group and give purpose to the CBCP task force. This was due in large part to the interagency CBCP initiative funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and led by Malia Robinson, CBCP Project Manager from Plan. Through the initiative, the CBCP task force will develop practical evidence‐based, field-driven guiding documents for working with communities in humanitarian settings.
At the Alliance meeting, Malia presented findings from the initial phases of the field guide development, which included results from a systematic review of more than 200 documents, as well as her experience working with one of the project’s pilot countries, Sudan. Participants from all over the world provided feedback on the tools and resources they need and want to see in the field guide through an interactive workshop.
In addition to the Alliance meeting, the Inter-Agency Network of Education in Emergencies joined Alliance members for a two-day roundtable with actors from both sectors to consider how child protection and education practices can work together and reinforce each other through complementary programming at the project implementation level. This further sets the stage for the integrated programming model emerging through Plan’s 2022 Strategy.