Newsletter | November 2018
Dear CPC friends and colleagues:
More than 200 people have registered for the VOICE (Viable and Operable Ideas for Child Equality) conference, which we are co-hosting with our extraordinary partner PUSKAPA, the Center on Child Protection and Well-Being at the University of Indonesia, from December 12-14 in Bali. It's not too late to register.  Please see more information below. We hope to see you there! 
In this newsletter we are proud to celebrate the work of the CPC Learning Network faculty affiliates with articles on violence in emergencies in Colombia and Haiti and on experiences of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. We are also excited to share a number of upcoming webinars, resources, and publications that we hope you will consider. 
As always, feel free to send us any updates to share with the network.
Mark Canavera, co-Director
VOICE International Conference 2018
VOICE International Conference 2018: "Finding  Scientific Answer to the 21st Century Challenges for  Families, Communities, and Public Policy"
Bali, Indonesia | December 12-14, 2018
The CPC Learning Network and the Center on Child Protection and Wellbeing (PUSKAPA), CPC's key affiliate in Indonesia, are delighted to invite you to our first international conference Viable and Operable Ideas for Child Equality (VOICE) on December 12-14 in Bali, Indonesia
The VOICE conference, within the broad rubric of children’s rights, child protection, and family welfare, will pay special attention to three important themes: 

Children and Migration
Social Norms that Underlie Harms to Children 
Children and Technology

Building on the growing realization that actions for children should no longer be based solely on good intentions but also on evidence, and that we must shift our efforts strongly towards preventing child maltreatment, the conference will bring together hundreds of researchers, activists, policymakers, service providers, and others to take stock of the latest learning to support children and families in rapidly changing times. The conference breakout sessions throughout the three days will examine and present new evidence and academic research, policy analysis and reccomendation and ideas for program implementation under the three thematic areas mentioned above and delve into issues like: 

- How do changing migration trends (including climate change and unprecedented levels of forced migration) impact children and families?  
- In what ways are social norms changing for the better or for the worse for children in settings around the world? What is the role that children, parents, and local leaders can play in changing social norms for children’s wellbeing? 
- What strategies that have been implemented to maximize the utilization of technology in child care and in what ways does technology influence children’s wellbeing? 
- And many others . . . Click here for the summary agenda! 

In addition to many presenters and moderators, we are delighted to share that confirmed keynote speakers include: 

Howard Taylor, Executive Director, Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children
Ahmed Mushtaque Raza Chowdhury, Vice Chair, BRAC
Veronica Yates, Director, Children's Rights International Network
Yanuar Nugroho, Deputy Chief of Staff, Executive Office of The President Of Indonesia
Pungky Sumadi, Deputy Minister for Population and Labor, Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning
Communiqué: Community-based Child Protection Mechanisms and Systems
From November 13-15, 2018 child protection actors from global, regional, national and local contexts came together in Entebbe, Uganda to reflect on progress to date, and to identify next steps, in supporting stronger community-led or “bottom-up” approaches to strengthening child protection systems.  Through this collaboration they renewed their commitment to putting communities in the driving seat to protect their own children and they successfully agreed at the meeting how to take action forward.  Read the communiqué from the Interagency Learning Initiative (ILI) on Community-based Child Protection Mechanisms and Systems.
Upcoming Webinars and Events
Webinar: Implementation Research and Practice for Early Childhood Development
This webinar will focus on the challenges, opportunities and realities of providing early learning opportunities for young children living in conditions of war, disaster, and displacement.  Research shows these children are at high risk for developmental difficulties that can follow them throughout their lives; yet implementation of ECD programming in humanitarian settings remains sparse.
The interactive discussion will feature Katie Maeve Murphy, Hirokazu Yoshikawa and Alice J. Wuermli, co-authors of the article recently published in the ANYAS Special Issue Implementation Research and Practice for Early Childhood Development.
This webinar will be on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 9:00 AM EST.  Please register here.
Webinar: Impact of Immigration Enforcement Threat on Latino Children and Communities
The 2016 presidential election, as well as rapid and far‐reaching transformations in immigration policy and anti-immigrant rhetoric in the United States are fueling a sense of fear and uncertainty in many households across the nation. Dr. R. Gabriela Barajas-Gonzalez and Dr. Cecilia Ayón will present an overview of their Social Policy Report, “Applying a Community Violence Framework to Understand the Impact of Immigration Enforcement Threat on Latino Children” to better understand how uncertainty and threat regarding familial safety adversely impacts the lives of Latino children in immigrant households. Ayón and Barajas-Gonzalez will also discuss implications for working with immigrant communities, informed by their own experiences conducting qualitative and quantitative research in California and New York City.
This webinar will be on Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 2:00- 3:00 PM EST. Please register here.
Webinar: Global Mental Health Webinar on Violent Radicalization
This webinar will focus on violent radicalization, prevention and intervention dilemmas.  Radicalization to violence is a world social phenomenon affecting majorities and minorities with important effects on individual and collective well-being.  The moderator of the webinar is Monica Ruiz-Casares and the speaker is Dr. Cecile Rousseau. The webinar will be delivered in English with simultaneous interpretation in French and Spanish.
This webinar will be on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 12:00 ET.  Attached are fliers in English, French and Spanish.
Event: Investing in the Hardest to Reach Girls: Challenges and Opportunities
Co-sponsored by ICRW and Save the Children.
Speakers include ICRW Director of Policy and Advocacy, Lyric Thompson.
This event, during the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62), will aim to facilitate a conversation among girls, civil society organizations, UN agencies and the private sector focused on structural obstacles to achieving gender equality for the hardest to reach girls. The event will feature relevant data identifying challenges to girls’ social and financial development, highlight current best practice work addressing these challenges, and facilitate a discussion on steps to take at the local, national and global levels to make gender equality a reality by 2030.
This event will be on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 from 8:30-10:00 AM EST at 4 West 43rd Street, Green Room, New York, NY. RSVP here.
Articles and Reports from CPC Learning Network Faculty and Institutional Affiliates 
Article: Seeking Safety, Finding Fear
CPC Learning Network faculty affiliate Bree Akesson and Kearney Coupland recently published this article in the Canadian Journal of Children’s Rights.  Drawing upon data from research with 46 Syrian families in Lebanon, this paper will describe how Syrian family movement is restricted, identify the multiple and interrelated factors that contribute to immobility, explore how restricted mobility can compromised children, family, and human rights.  Per capita, Lebanon has taken in more refugees than any other country in the world. Despite a shared history of taking in each other’s war-affected populations, the Government of Lebanon response has shifted from that of hospitality and protection to refusing to officially recognize displaced Syrians as refugees and imposing other restrictive policies that make everyday life a challenge for Syrian families. These actions have an impact upon the basic human rights of these families. 
Read the article here and contact the corresponding author here.   
Article: Transforming households, reducing the incidence of violence in emergencies
CPC Learning Network faculty affiliate Professor Lindsay Stark and Catherine Poulton have published two reports on THRIVE, Transforming Households: Reducing Incidence of Violence in Emergencies, in Colombia and Haiti.  Studies have not typically inquired about the co-occurrence and intersections among multiple forms of violence, except in research on adolescent females, where research questions on violence against women and against children align. To address this gap in evidence, CPC Learning Network at Columbia University, UNICEF and the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, collaborated to create THRIVE. It sought to investigate the drivers of violence against both women and children during humanitarian emergencies.
Recognizing the need for interventions to be grounded in the cultural and political realities of a specific context, THRIVE began formative work with emergency-affected populations in two settings, Colombia and Haiti, in 2017. These report present the methods and findings from formative qualitative data collected which were analyzed in partnership with the UNICEF Haiti country office, UNICEF Colombia country office, and Universidad de los Andes.
Read the report on Haiti here and on Colombia here.
For more information contact Professor Lindsay Stark and Catherine Poulton.
Article: Without Choice? Understanding war-affected Syrian families' decisions to leave home
CPC Learning Network faculty affiliate Bree Akesson and Kearney Coupland authored a new publication in the IOM Migration Research Series explores the decision-making processes of war-affected Syrian families before leaving home. Drawing upon collaborative family interviews with 46 Syrian families resettled in Lebanon, the research methodology included narrative discussion —spanning life in Syria, the journey from Syria to Lebanon and life in Lebanon—as well as drawing and mapmaking. The findings indicate that there is much diversity in the decision-making processes that families engage in and underscore the importance of family agency in making informed decisions.
Read the article here and contact the corresponding author here.   
Articles, Reports, and Resources from Partner Organizations
Report: Momentum Toward Equality: Results from the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) in Tanzania
The International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) is one of the most comprehensive household studies carried out around the world on men’s and women’s attitudes and practices on a wide variety of topics related to gender equality. Published in the report Momentum Toward Equality, the study combined an in-depth household survey conducted with over 2,000 men and women across five regions on Tanzania with qualitative research focused on understanding the gendered dynamics shaping the lives of Tanzanian adolescents and young adults. It broke new ground as the first IMAGES study – of more than 40 that had been conducted worldwide – to include adolescent respondents under the age of 18, collect time-use data, and measure both gender-related social norms and individual attitudes.
Read the full report in English here and in Swahili here.
Article: Promoting Early Childhood Development through Combining Cash Transfer and Parenting Programs 

This brief from the World Bank Group examines the existing evidence and the potential for bringing together cash transfer programs and parenting interventions on early child stimulation to improve child development outcomes, notably cognitive and language skills. The brief also provides lessons learned from implementation. 
Read the article here
Report: School violence and bullying: Global status and trends, drivers and consequences
UNESCO released a new report on the global status and trends, drivers and consequences of school violence and bullying. The short report presents a summary of the latest available evidence on the scale, nature, and consequences of different forms of school violence and bullying, the drivers of bullying, and global and regional trends in the prevalence of bullying, physical attacks, and physical fights.  The key findings are that violence and bullying are pervasive in many schools across the world, with physical and sexual bullying occurring most frequently, and being different in any way making children and young people more of a target. This report presents an early release of findings from a full version of the report, to be released by UNESCO in 2019.
Read the article here.
Article: Corporal punishment bans and physical fighting in adolescents, an ecological study of 88 countries
A new study looking at 400,000 youths from 88 countries around the world suggests bans on spanking are making a difference in reducing youth violence. It marks the first systematic assessment of whether an association exists between a ban on corporal punishment and the frequency in which adolescents get into fights.  Frank Elgar, the study's lead author and an associate professor at the Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University in Montreal says, ”The association appears to be fairly robust." The study appeared in the online journal BMJ Open.
Read the full article here and contact the author here.
Report: Adolescent Girls Initiative in Kenya
CAG Research Lead Karen Austrian of the Population Council recently presented on the midline results of the Adolescent Girls Initiative in Kenya (AGI-K). AGI-K is a longitudinal, randomized controlled trial evaluating the impact of different multi-sectoral packages of interventions for young adolescent girls in two marginalized settings. Midline results, which reflect the impact at the end of the two-year intervention, showed that there were positive impacts on girls’ education, health and economic outcomes – although there were different types of impact in the two different sites.  Furthermore, layering on different interventions from different sectors yielded the widest range of positive outcomes for girls, and for girls who actively participated in the girls' empowerment components of the intervention, the program had a greater impact across all sectors. 
Read the full report here and contact the author here.
Article: What Did It Take to Scale Up and Sustain Udaan, a School-Based Adolescent Education Program in Jharkhand, India?
This study assesses Udaan, a school-based adolescent education program in Jharkhand, India.  Since 2006, Udaan was the only at-scale, state-run program in the country. To determine factors that contributed to Udaan's scale-up and longevity, this study drew information from programmatic reports and interviews with the Centre for Catalyzing Change staff. Key factors for Udaan's success included an enabling policy environment, a willing government that supported and operationalized the program, a knowledgeable and committed NGO partner, sustained funding, and a commitment to constant improvement through evaluation. Udaan provides an example of a well-designed, implemented, and evaluated school-based adolescent health program that has been operating at scale over a sustained period. 
Read the full report here
Report: Full Force, Why the world works better when girls go to school
In this report, the Malala Fund shines a spotlight on the $30 trillion in economic potential lost over a lifetime due to an unequal global education system. Almost one billion girls and young women lack the skills to succeed in a rapidly-changing labour market. Full Force highlights the critical need to prepare girls today for the jobs of tomorrow and offers potential solutions to better invest in girls' education, particularly ahead of this month's G20 Summit, where Argentina has placed Future of Work as a priority theme and created the first G20 Education Working Group.  
Read the full report here
Report: Violence Against Children in Zambia
The Zambia Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) report is the first national survey of violence against children. It is a cross-sectional household survey of 13–24-year-olds, designed to produce national-level estimates of experiences of physical, sexual, and emotional violence in childhood.
The VACS in Zambia was conducted by the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Child Development, in collaboration with the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services, Central Statistical Office, University of Zambia Department of Population Studies, and Save the Children. It was supported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), PEPFAR, UNICEF, and other partners as part of the Together for Girls Partnership.  Results in this study show that there is a great need to have well-coordinated response strategies, programmes and policies by both Government and all stakeholders to address abuse and violence against children.
Read the full report here
Report: It’s Happening to Our Men as Well, Sexual Violence Against Rohingya Men and Boys
The Women's Refugee Commission is undertaking a three-country exploratory study on sexual violence against refugee men and boys, including those with diverse sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. In July 2018, two researchers traveled to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, to explore sexual violence perpetrated against Rohingya men and boys in Myanmar and Bangladesh. They conducted 21 focus groups with 109 Rohingya men, women, and adolescents in four sections of Kutupalong Camp and interviewed 45 humanitarian aid workers and human rights experts.
The findings and recommendations in this report aim to help international and national humanitarian agencies improve protection mechanisms and strengthen services for at-risk men and boys and male sexual violence survivors in Cox’s Bazar.
Read the full report here
Resource: What Works: A Manual for Designing Programs that Build Resilience
What Works is an easy-to-use guide that is ideal for anyone working with children and families in social service or humanitarian settings, as well as community facilitators, counselors, and policy makers. It includes plenty of case examples of programs in both low-and-middle-income countries, where financial and human resources are scarce, and high-income countries, where resources are easier to find but problems can still be very complex.  While the manual is about programs designed for young people and their families, its 7-step model of program design will be just as useful in any setting where improving resilience is the goal.
Read the full manual here
Report: Caught in the crossfire?  An international survey of anti-terrorism legislation and its impact on children
This new report from Child Rights International Network (CRIN) is an international survey of anti-terrorism legislation and its impact on children.  The report presents the findings of our research on anti-terror legislation in 33 countries across five continents, which show how counter-terrorism measures are leading to extensive violations of children’s rights.  As terrorism has rapidly increased over the last 20 years, so too have States’ counter-terrorism strategies and the legislation that underpins them. 
Read the full report here
Resource: Sport for Protection Toolkit: Programming with Young People in Forced Displacement Settings
The UNHCR, IOC and Terre des hommes have published a toolkit aiming to better understand the role that sport can play in the protection and well-being of refugee and internally displaced young people.  The Sport for Protection Toolkit builds on more than 20 years of work between UNHCR and the International Olympic Committee to bring sport to some of the world’s most disadvantaged young people.
In September 2017, the IOC, supported closely by UNHCR, launched the Olympic Refuge Foundation. The goal is to harness the power of sport to strengthen the protection, development and empowerment environments for vulnerable children and youth.  This Sport for Protection Toolkit will guide the work of the Olympic Refuge Foundation and will be used by a broad cross-section of organizations and stakeholders to better understand and implement effective Sport for Protection programming.
Read the full report here
Report: ECD and Early Learning in Crisis and Conflict
This new report from Moving Minds Alliance highlights the urgent need for early childhood interventions in humanitarian contexts, with a particular focus on early learning opportunities and caregiver support.  Family-centered early childhood services are urgently needed for the world’s growing population of young children (age 0-6) affected by crisis and displacement.  Substantial evidence from neuroscience to economics indicates that the early years of a child’s life lay the foundation for long-term health, learning and behavior. The first months and years are not only a critical period in an individual child’s lifelong capacity for learning, but weak learning foundations for children can also compromise the long-term development of nations.
Read the full report here
Report: Social Norms that Underpin Violence Against Children in Zimbabwe
A report from the University of Edinburgh, the Women’s University of Africa, UNICEF and the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare in Zimbabwe, highlights key findings from a social norms and study conducted in Zimbabwe to understand the drivers of violence affecting children.  Many drivers of violence against children may not be social in nature and instead are related to structural or interpersonal risk factors. However, many drivers of violence are normative in nature. In order to prevent the root causes of these manifestations of violence, we need to understand the elements of what makes a belief a social norm.
The report describes the social norms finding from the study across four areas: child marriage, intersections of violence and adolescent sexual and reproductive health, adolescent relationship violence, and violence in educational settings focusing specifically on corporal punishment in schools and violence in ‘bush boarding’ or informal school accommodation arrangements. Particular attention is paid to the intersections of age, gender and disability and, based on the data, theories of change are proposed. These theories represent a comprehensive description and illustration of how and why a desired change to social norms is expected to happen in a particular context for the issues identified. 
Read the full report here.
Read about the methodology here, and a secondary analysis of the survey here.
Read an article describing the study process here, written by Noriko Izumi and Line Baago Rasmussen.  
Special Issue on the Drivers of Violence: Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies
View this special issue here
Launch: The Love You Give Campaign
Better Care Network has launched a pilot campaign in the USA, UK and Australia to reduce orphanage volunteering. This insight-driven behavior change campaign called The Love You Give is targeted at young travelers and short-term missionaries.
The goal of the campaign is to ignite a youth-led social movement to make orphanage volunteering a thing of the past through short, powerful docu-film with stories told from the perspective of care leavers, families who have had to make difficult choices about their children, and individuals working in care reform. The film is being distributed through, and underpinned by, a PR and social media campaign, and supported by a broad coalition of child protection, education, travel and tourism and faith actors mobilized under ReThink Orphanages
Learn more about The Love You Give.
Learn more about ReThink Orphanages.
Call for Participation
Call for Applications: Supporting communities to end child marriage and early unions
The Girls First Fund is a new donor collaborative that puts girls, families, and their communities first and champions community-led efforts to end child marriage and early unions.  The fund is requesting applications to prevent and respond to child marriage and early unions. They will make a one-year (12-month) core support and project support grants of up to USD $50,000 in six pilot locations.
The Girls First Fund will grant to a variety of strategies and types of organizations whose work is critical to ending child marriage and early unions. The fund is most interested in approaches that support local solutions at the community level and that illustrate how girls, their families, and communities are involved in the design and implementation of the approach.  Completed applications are due by December 31, 2018.
Learn more here.
Call for Participation: Stakeholder Consultation Process 
UNICEF and the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) invite you to participate in a stakeholder consultation process on the outputs of a MHPSS Expert meeting held in Berlin earlier this year.  The MHPSS Expert meeting in Berlin aimed to increase impact in the area of MHPSS for people affected by protracted conflict.
This expert meeting builds on earlier recommendations from the UNICEF symposium held in May 2015 in The Hague, in collaboration with the Government of the Netherlands, and the Wilton Park Dialogue organized by Save the Children and the Government of the United Kingdom in 2018.  
Please review the working document and submit your feedback using this online survey, or make direct changes and comments on this document, by November 30, 2018.
Call for Submissions: Case examples of health research in humanitarian contexts 
In collaboration with partner NIH Institutes and Centers, other U.S. government agencies, academic researchers from the U.S. and abroad, nongovernmental organizations and key international organizations, the Fogarty's Center for Global Health Studies (CGHS) is leading Advancing Health Research in Humanitarian Crises, a project to share learning and strategies on conducting health research in the context of humanitarian crises globally.
Part of this project is an invitation to submit proposals to develop case examples on the challenges specific to conducting health research in the humanitarian context, along with strategies to overcome those challenges, based on lessons from the field. These case examples will be made available to the global health research community, inclusive of academic researchers and research funders, humanitarian organizations, policymakers, and other actors.  When needed, financial support up to $5,000 per case will be made available to support the development of the cases.
The deadline for submission is January 21, 2019.  Learn more here.
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