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Do Children Count?


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Do Children Count?

Child Rights: Assessing the impact and measuring progress

Children's rights have become a growing focus of Civil Society Organizations, governments, corporations and individuals. Despite this critically important engagement and attention, children's rights advocacy tends to be balkanized by specific issue areas and bedeviled by conceptual challenges.

The diffusion of new measurement tools and indices - and their growing influence in policy dialogue - present the child rights community with a challenge and an opportunity. The challenge is to engage in a forthright critique of how effectively existing measurement tools consider child rights. The opportunity is to use the methodological insights developed in other fields to ensure that data and knowledge are used critically and correctly.

Children Associated with Armed Forces or Armed Groups (Child Soldiers)

Measuring the reintegration of former child soldiers

There are formidable challenges in implementing programs that aim to reintegrate children formerly associated with armed forces and groups in post-conflict states. Moreover, there are formidable challenges in measuring the effectiveness of such programs.

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Child Migration and Birth Registration

Children without a State:
Undocumented and Unregistered Children

The impact of inadequate documentation and registration on children is an under-researched but emerging issue in the area of human rights policy and child protection. With the growth of irregular migration and the escalation of concerns regarding global security and anti-terrorism, proof of identity and of legal status and nationality are increasingly key aspects of human security.

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