Child Rights Governance
We work to ensure that duty bearers for children's rights at local level in Kosova/o and CSO’s are aware of the children's rights situation and act in synergy to improve the situation of children. We support capacity building of CSOs and Child Led Groups to promote and monitor the Child Rights Convention and bring issues forward to duty holders, while at the same time advocate for cooperation among different agencies working on child rights for a better state funding of children's services, increasing the knowledge and demand on government accountability.
Furthermore, strengthening Child Led Groups both at local and national level and ensuring investment in Children has been our focus during 2016. Our aim is to ensure that our work will enable the most marginalized groups of children to benefit from greater public investment and better use of society’s resources in realizing their rights.
The CRG program overall is being implemented in 8 Municipalities in Kosovo: Gjilan/Gnjilane, Pejë/Peć, Mitrovicë/Mitrovica, Prizren, Gjakovë/Ðakovica, Prishtinë/Priština, Ferizaj/Uroševac and Klinë/Klina.
WHAT WE DO
Monitoring and demanding child rights with children
Save the Children Kosova/o ensures increase in accountability towards children of Kosovo, including the most deprived groups of children through working in partnership with children and CSO’s, and through supporting the process of voicing their demands towards the duty bearers.
SCiK has introduced the Young Voices survey where over 1400 children from all over Kosovo were respondents and will use these findings in initiating discussions with politicians, policy makers and other duty bearers responsible for making child rights a reality.
Kosovo has begun the process of compiling Strategy and Action Plan for Children’s Rights (2016 – 2020) and children from the Respect Our Rights Group (Child led group supported by SCiK) were called in as facilitators to lead the process of identifying priorities with other children. 76 children took part in the consultation process and the recommendations will be used in determining the strategic objectives and actions for the Strategy as well as the Action Plan, as we aim to enhance good governance, monitoring of child rights fulfillment and accountability towards children.
Save the Children Kosova/o continues to encourage and support inclusion of children in decision making processes at local and central level with positive changes beginning to take shape.
Good governance delivering child rights
Save the Children Kosova/o empowers children through encouraging their contributions in shaping of local policies; creating and delivering successful governance models is made possible through sharing and learning from regional experiences whilst an overall clear documentation of such practices enables a replication of the same from other potential parties.
The existing model of child led Assemblies is enabling an increase in knowledge for the children involved as well as for the Child Rights Coordinators that work within the municipalities which will lead to the creation of a better architecture for child rights.
Throughout the year, Save the Children Kosova/o has continued to support and empower child and youth led groups at national and local level. Children have been active in voicing their opinions and their previously conducted report on Children Rights Convent through meetings with various stakeholders such as the President of Kosovo, Minister of Education, Municipal Mayors and Finance Departments at municipal level. Furthermore, we supported 6 Municipal Child Led groups (including RAE children), consisting of 229 children in total, in creating action plans in order to better represent and address children’s identified problems at municipal level, while increasing knowledge on children’s CR.
Public investment in children
We strive to provide evidence through research and studies on sufficiency, quality, equity and effectiveness in public resource mobilization, allocation and spending on children in order to achieve an increase in budget allocation in Early Child Care Development / Inclusive Education. Save the Children Kosova/o uses social accountability methods and tools available at the community level to reach the national level working toward creating responsive systems with children’s priorities taken into account.
We have begun our work on making children visible in municipal budgets, by supporting children in advocating for inclusion in the municipal budgeting planning process and ensuring inclusion of identified children’s priorities. For the first time, for two municipalities in Kosovo, Save the Children has carried out and produced 3 policy papers looking into the level of transparency and accountability, a report showing the level of expenditures for children, while at the same time initiating the creation of Citizen friendly budgets.