March 5, 2015
Dear friends and colleagues, 
This newsletter brings with it news of a transition. We are pleased to announce the arrival of our new Program Learning Group coordinator in Liberia, Abraham Fofana. Dr. Fofana joins us from the University of Liberia, where he has researched topics including disarmament, peacebuilding, gender-based violence and psychosocial interventions for children. We are immensely grateful to our esteemed colleague, former Liberia PLG coordinator Henrietta Tolbert for her extraordinary work and dedication to the CPC Network and to child protection research and advocacy in Liberia. We hope you will join us in thanking her and in wishing her well in her new endeavors, and in welcoming Dr. Fofana.
With this newsletter, we are also sharing the latest in a series of evaluations of child-friendly spaces from the Domiz Refugee Camp in Iraq. In addition, we are extending an invitation to our upcoming symposium, "Keeping Children and Families Together with Economic Strengthening" in Washington D.C. on March 6th. Finally, you will find reports, resources and opportunities from our partners around the world.  
Mark Canavera, Associate Director
Symposium: Keeping Child and Families Together with Economic Strengthening
On March 6, 2015, the CPC Network, FHI360, and the Women's Refugee Commission are hosting a one-day symposium in Washington, D.C., to bring together practitioners, researchers, donors, and policy experts to explore the current best practices and evidence on the use of economic strengthening interventions to prevent family separation and support child reintegration into families and communities. The symposium will include presentations of new case studies from around the world that use economic strengthening as part of programs to either prevent family separation or facilitate reintegration. It will also be an opportunity to coalesce support around the ongoing initiative to develop Guidelines on Economic Strengthening and Family Reintegration.
Learn more and RSVP here
Webinar: Increasing Access to Legal Identity to Improve the Wellbeing of Women and Children in Indonesia
On March 27, 2015 at 10:30am EST, the CPC Network will host a webinar featuring Santi Kusumanigrum, co-director of CPC affiliate PUSKAPA, the Center for Child Protection at the University of Indonesia. Santi will share findings from a recent baseline study on access to legal identity documentation for women and children. In partnership with the Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Justice program, PUSKAPA has been supporting the Government of Indonesia to better understand barriers to accessing birth and marriage certificates, and to pilot interventions to increase access in underserved areas.
Register here.
Child Protection Rapid Assessment Training of Trainers
The CPC Network, with support from UNICEF and WVI, will be coordinating a Child Protection Rapid Assessment (CPRA) Training of Trainers this April. This training is intended to increase the pool of individuals who are available to lead child protection rapid assessments in emergencies. Participants will be provided with an in-depth introduction to the components of CPRA toolkit and guidance on the steps required to roll out the CPRA process. The training will be held in New York, NY from April 29 to May 2, 2015. Additional details are in the application form. Apply by March 16, 2015.
Child Protection to End Violence Against Children: Reflection on Actions That Worked and Ways to Move Forward
On February 25, 2015, Special Representative Marta Santos Pais gave a lecture at the University of Indonesia, hosted by the CPC affiliate Center on Child Protection (PUSKAPA), to reflect on the right of every child to be protected from violence. She highlighted progress in national, regional and international policies to protect children and persistent challenges to be faced. She ended with a call to ensure that preventing and ending all forms of violence to children be at the heart of post-2015 development agenda.
Read her full remarks here.
Evaluation of Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) in Iraq
This report by CPC faculty affiliate Dr. Alastair Ager and colleagues is the fourth in a series of impact evaluations of CFS, part of a three-year program of studies with Columbia University researchers supporting M&E teams from World Vision, Save the Children, UNICEF and Mercy Corps. Facilitated through this research partnership, this study was conducted in Domiz Refugee Camp in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. A report synthesizing findings from the full series of studies – involving data collection in Ethiopia, Uganda, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan – will be disseminated following a launch event in New York in May this year.
Download the report here.
Can Mass Media Interventions Reduce Child Mortality?
Though mass media is critical in promoting public health, there have been few attempts to measure its importance and impact. An ongoing trial in Burkina Faso is using a cluster-randomized design in an attempt to rigorously measure how many lives mass media can save in a low-income country, and at what cost. Application of the project's Lives Saved Tool predicts that saturation-based media campaigns could reduce child mortality by 10–20%, at a cost per disability-adjusted life-year that is as low as any existing health intervention. This Lancet Viewpoint article explains the scientific reasoning behind the trial and stresses the importance of the media methodology used. 
Read the article here
From a Whisper to a Shout: A Call to End Violence Against Children in Alternative Care
This report from SOS Children's Villages and the University of Bedfordshire examines high levels of vulnerability and risk of violence faced by children in alternative care. It draws on evidence from a global literature review and assessments of the implementation of the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children in 21 countries. It concludes with recommendations for practitioners and policymakers how to better protect children in alternative care from violence.
Download the report here.
How Are We Doing: Review of the Implementation of the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings
In 2007, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) released the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) in Emergency Settings. This review provides an overview of the impact of the guidelines on MHPSS programs in emergency settings and looks at the implementation of the guidelines, exploring their institutionalization within specific agencies, their mainstreaming and integration across the humanitarian system, and perceptions of any gaps or changes in their relevance and utility. This review was undertaken by CPC faculty affiliate Dr. Sarah Meyer, the associate director for research at the CPC-affiliated AfriChild Centre of Excellence for the Study of the African Child at Makerere University, and colleagues.
Download the report here.
Child Protection Monitoring and Evaluation Group (CP MERG) Resources
In 2014, the CPC Network joined the Child Protection Monitoring and Evaluation Group (CP MERG) as a core member. Established in 2010, the CP MERG is a global forum for collaboration, coordination and shared learning on child protection monitoring, evaluation and research. The CP MERG aims at strengthening the quality of monitoring and evaluation, research and data collection in child protection through the development of standards, tools and recommendations. The CP MERG has a number of resources for child protection practitioners and policy makers including a quarterly newsletter, a technical briefing note series, webinars, technical working groups, and peer review of M&E tools, methodologies and knowledge products.
Please visit or contact the CP MERG Secretariat for additional information and resources.
Webinar Recording: Engaging Most Vulnerable Children in Community-Based Child Protection System Strengthening: the experience of World Vision in hard-to-measure contexts
The CPC Learning Network and International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD) co-hosted a webinar in January to share findings on how World Vision UK's child protection program includes and impacts the most vulnerable children in Cambodia, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo. CPC advisory board member Phillip Cook (IICRD) and CPC faculty affiliate Mike Wessells (Columbia University) presented their research findings and discuss implications for child protection programming with hard-to-read children. Read the full report here.  
Watch the video here.
Senior Technical Advisor, Better Care Network
The Better Care Network is seeking a senior technical advisor to take the leading role in the provision of technical advice for BCN, reviews of practice, and the development of research, technical briefs and policy documents. The responsibilities of this position include knowledge development and management, technical assistance and development, outreach, and partnership building.
Learn more and apply here.
Agency Youth Coordinator, USAID
USAID is seeking applications to fill the assignment of the Agency Youth Coordinator. The assignment will be located in USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DCHA/DRG Center). Apply by March 18, 2015.
Learn more here and send your completed resume to to apply.
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