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We’ve got exciting projects and news from our Program Learning Groups (PLGs) and global partners that we couldn’t help but share with you.
From a new legal identity study in Indonesia to a research project to strengthen M & E for child protection programming in Uganda, this update offers a preview into initiatives that you want to keep on your radar. We will share results and findings once the projects are completed.
This issue also includes new reports from our colleagues at Women’s Refugee Commission on unaccompanied and separated children in Eritrea and an examination of violence and its impacts on Burundian youth by Mark Sommers, visiting researcher at Boston University.
We’re excited to welcome two new members to our growing family. David Mugawe has joined CPC Uganda as director of the AfriChild Center and Alejandra Villadiego is the CPC Learning Network Secretariat’s new program coordinator. You can read about both here.
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The Legal Identity Project is a key initiative of the Australia Indonesia Partnership for Justice (AIPJ), supported by the Government of Australia that aims to improve vulnerable women’s and children’s access to legal identities (e.g., birth, marriage and divorce certificates). As an important determinant of access to education and essential health and social services, the possession of a legal identity document is a critical human rights issue. Indonesia’s Center for Child Protection (PuskaPA) is working with AIPJ’s Legal Identity Program Team to lead this process.
As a first step, PuskaPA is leading a baseline study in 3 provinces of interest that will allow the program team to identify how the delivery of services and provision of legal identity documents can be improved.  The research aims to answer two specific research questions:
  • What are barriers to accessing birth registration? And;
  • What are the negative outcomes of not having birth registration? 
Study findings will inform an intervention which will support the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Supreme Court, and other actors to deliver integrated services that provide legal identity documents to Indonesian citizens, particularly vulnerable women and children. 
For more information please contact:  Santi Kusumaningrum ( 
Shine A Light Project
ChildFund International has launched the Shine A Light (SaL) project, which focuses on prevention and response to gender-based violence (GBV) with the end goal of developing ChildFund’s global capacity to address GBV through its community-based program interventions. The SaL project will begin work in three focus countries (Dominica, Indonesia, and Liberia) and expand to include a total of 15 countries.
The SaL project officially kicked off in March 2013 in Mbour, Senegal where the focus countries met to explore conceptual issues pertaining to GBV and to determine their priority issues. From March-October 2013, focus country staff are ‘piloting’ work around the GBV issues they prioritized during the workshop, which include:
  1. Gender-based violence in the school setting (Liberia)
  2. Child sexual abuse (Dominica)
  3. Sexual harassment of girls in school (Indonesia)
In addition, a comprehensive GBV program planning, implementation, and evaluation toolkit is being developed to serve as a resource for SaL program managers. A community of practice and learning agenda are also being explored to continue the learning on these key themes together as a group.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Frank ( or Danielle Roth (
Child protection Curriculum Development
The Liberia PLG has begun the process of developing a child protection curriculum, the first of its kind for the country. The curriculum development will involve exploratory studies and conversations with key stakeholders to ensure its success. A researcher from Columbia University will facilitate the conversations between the many actors of the Liberia PLG who are interested in these discussions, including: the University of Liberia and other Liberian universities; UNICEF; the Ministry of Gender and Development; the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare; and all of the NGOs and other entities contributing to this effort. We will keep you posted as this promising initiative develops.
For more information, please contact: Henrietta Tolbert (
Strengthening M&E Frameworks
TPO Uganda is delighted to announce a new study that aims to strengthen the M&E framework for three of its programs. The goal is to strengthen the capacity of each program to track and measure outcomes from interventions by making sure that each objective is optimally measured against its intended outcome results, to the capacity of the program, and the organizations strategic plan.  
The study will focus on strengthening the M&E frameworks of the following programs:
  1.  Prevention and response to violence against children in Amudat District
  2. Supporting seven villages in Magoro Subcounty, Katakwi District to adopt Community Managed Climate-proof Disaster Risk Reduction practices
  3. Strengthening Social Protection Mechanism and Building Community Capacity in Disaster Risk Management in Northern Uganda
The M&E approach will focus on developing a matrix of each program’s logic framework to evaluate the appropriate links between objectives, activities, outputs, indicators, and desired measures and data collection methodology. At the end, TPO will receive a report evaluating the selected indicators, identifying gaps and offering recommendations on how to strengthen existing indicators, including the addition of new indicators, if appropriate.
 For more information, please contact: Patrick Onyango Mangen (

Adolescents and Violence: Lessons from Burundi

Adolescents and Violence, the new report by Marc Sommers, probes the situation of young people in Burundi and examines how violence, and the threat of violence, impact their lives. Undertaken in 2012, the research found young people enmeshed in lives with limited prospects. Most young Burundians receive limited social and state protection, have difficulty remaining in school, finding work or securing adulthood, and face widespread threats of sexual and domestic violence.
The study also explores factors that potentially fuel violent conflict such as limited options for youth, violence, and anger at injustice with countervailing factors that have the potential to promote peace such as war fatigue, belief in school, and cultural flexibility. The discussion paper ends by highlighting twelve lessons drawn from the field research in Burundi that can be applied to other post-war contexts.
The full report, which is a discussion paper for the University of Antwerp’s Institute of Development Policy and Management, is available here.
Young and Astray: An Assessment of Factors Driving the Movement of Unaccompanied Children and Adolescents from Eritrea into Ethiopia, Sudan and Beyond.
In recent years, an influx of younger Eritrean children fleeing from their country into neighboring countries has sparked child protection concerns. The Women’s Refugee Commission just published a report on the push and pull factors and protection risks faced by Eritre­an unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) seeking asylum in northern Ethiopia and eastern Sudan.
Some of the factors influencing the children’s decision to flee include: fear of military conscription, lack of education, unemploy­ment, desire to join a family member in another country, and hope for resettlement. The children raised various safety concerns, including a real threat of kidnapping and forced abductions in Sudan; potential refoulement by the Sudanese government; and poten­tial forced conscription by an Eritrean opposition move­ment in northern Ethiopia. The report concludes with recommendations that call on the UNHCR, regional governments, and Eritrean communities to play an active role in identifying, supporting, and protecting the unaccompanied and separated children.
The full report is available here.
Structured analysis of field learning from the Child Protection Rapid Assessment (CPRA) toolkit
On behalf of the Child Protection Working Group (CPWG), the CPC Network is leading a study to examine the utilization and impact of the Interagency  Child Protection Rapid Assessment (CPRA) toolkit.  The goal of this study is to document strengths and weaknesses of the toolkit based on its implementation in the field, and to suggest recommendations for its future use and adaptation. Information will be gathered based on phone and email correspondence with individuals who were involved in the tool’s use and implementation, covering approximately 20 locations where known assessments using the CPRA have been carried out. A smaller sub-set of countries countries will be selected as sites for in-depth case studies, which will be further examined based on additional interviews, data collection, and analysis. Findings will be shared at the fall 2013 annual meeting of the CPWG.
David Mugawe
CPC Uganda has a new director. Please welcome David Mugawe to the CPC community. Prior to his new role, David served as the Executive Director of The African Child Policy Forum. He has over 20 years of experience working on child and youth protection issues in Africa. David has a Degree in Social Work and Administration from Makerere University, Uganda and a Masters in Business Administration from Bradford University in the UK. He has co-authored a number of publications which include: The African Report on Child Wellbeing 2011, How Child-friendly are African Governments, and Born to High Risk: Violence against Girls in Africa.
Alejandra Villadiego
We are thrilled to welcome on-board Alejandra Villadiego, the new program coordinator for CPC Learning Network. Alejandra has four years of experience managing a multifaceted grant portfolio with the Sergievsky Center at Columbia University. In that capacity, she managed multiple governmental and private grants from inception to close out. Before coming to Columbia, Alejandra worked as a development volunteer for Global Witness in London, and as an intern for the nonprofit Ayuda y Servicio in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Fred M. Sswamala
We are delighted to announce that Dr. Fred M. Ssewamala, Associate Professor of Social Work and International Affairs at Columbia University and affiliate of the CPC Learning Network, was recognized as person of the month by City-FT Financial Education Online. His work evaluates the impact of livelihoods interventions on child and youth development in sub-Saharan Africa.
Fred says of his research:
 “My research evaluates the effects of an innovative family-based economic empowerment intervention on outcomes related to financial inclusion, financial literacy and asset-building/wealth creation, education, health, and overall child and youth development. Ultimately, my research aims to equip poor and low income families (including children and youth) with asset-building and financial management knowledge, tools and mechanisms – making them financially capable for the purpose of developing other aspects of their own lives – such as finishing school and earning university degrees, and starting microenterprise development/income generating projects, and staying financially included.”
Learn more about Fred’s research and vision here.
Global Center Workforce Alliance launch
The Global Social Service Workforce Alliance is launching electronically. The Alliance works to promote the knowledge and evidence, resources and tools, and political will and action needed to address key social service workforce challenges, especially within low to middle income countries. The Alliance’s vision is a world where a well-planned, well-trained and well-supported social service workforce effectively delivers services that improve the lives of vulnerable populations.
On June 6 and 7, the Alliance will hold one-hour webinars to introduce its work and share how you can be involved.
To participate in the webinar and for more information, contact Amy Bess:
60 Haven Ave. Ste. B4 | New York City, NY 10032 US
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