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Dear friends and colleagues,
In this latest update from the Network, we are pleased to announce the official launch of CPC Learning Network's Program Learning Group (PLG) in Colombia, hosted at the School of Governmnet at Universidad de los Andes. We also extend our congratulations to Dr. Fred Ssewamala, CPC Learning Network's faculty affiliate, who was recently featured in a World Health Organization video along with Dr. John Santelli, chair of the Department of Population and Family Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Additionally, the CPC Learning Network is working with the Better Care Network to organize a symposium on children's care taking place in New York on Wednesday, September 24th. Please save the date now! 
As always, you will find information and resources from our partners around the world.  We hope that you will continue to send along any resources, studies, or events that you would like us to share widely with the CPC Learning Network in our next newsletter or social media. 
Solome Lemma
World Health Organization (WHO) video features CPC faculty affiliate Fred Ssewamala
The WHO recently profiled work conducted by CPC faculty affiliate Dr. Fred Ssewamala in collaboration with Dr. John Santelli, the chair of the Department of Population and Family Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.  These two researchers, who share a passion for improving the lives of vulnerable children and youth, discuss the importance of education and family in preventing HIV and recount their experiences in galvanizing families and communities.
Watch the video here.
CPC's Program Learning Group (PLG) in Colombia Launches 
On May 5-6, 2014, Colombia officially launched its CPC Learning Network PLG with a convening at the School of Government at Universidad de los Andes. The event brought together over 100 individuals working in the NGO, academic, and policy sectors. During the two-day conference, participants discussed key child protection issues in Colombia, identified potential areas of focus the Colombia PLG, and set forth a preliminary research agenda to guide the PLG's work. More information will be provided later. 
Save the Date!  Symposium on children’s care on Wednesday, September 24, in NYC
On Wednesday, September 24, the CPC Learning Network and the Better Care Network will co-host a one-day symposium entitled “The State of the Evidence on Children’s Care.” This symposium will bring together a number of leading academics, policymakers, and practitioners involved in the development or implementation of key initiatives to better measure issues of children’s care at country, regional, or international levels.  More precise details about the event location and registration will follow in coming months.
The International Foster Care Organisation (IFCO) 2014 European Conference will take place in Waterford, Ireland from August 26-29.  Themes and topics of interest include: preventative measures which support families to stay together; quality of foster care and family; individual supports and intervention; reintegration of families; after care for care leavers, as well as research, outcomes and impact of foster care at individual, family, societal, policy and international levels. 
To learn more about the conference or to register, please visit
The VII African Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, from October 13 to 15.  Sponsored by the African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN), the conference will specifically address the theme of child labor and the role of education in eliminating child labor.  Presentation abstracts will be welcomed until July 31. 
Visit the conference website to learn more:
Building a Better Response
A new e-learning course entitled “Building a Better Response” aims to build the knowledge of NGO workers and other humanitarian actors in the international coordination system for large-scale emergencies, humanitarian leadership, basics of humanitarian funding and planning, and other areas of importance to humanitarian response. The course  is funded by the US Agency for International Development, Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance, and is implemented through a consortium of International Medical Corps, Concern Worldwide, and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.  
The e-learning modules can be accessed here
International Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) Conflict-Sensitive Education (CSE) Training Materials
The INEE CSE training materials have been created to support the integration of conflict sensitivity in global education policies and programs. These materials were developed through a collaborative, inter-agency effort based on input from a reference group and feedback from over 50 pilot trainings in over 20 countries.
The various training modules and other resources are available here.
Report on the Urgency of Child Protection Networks
ChildPact, a regional coalition for child protection in the Wider Black Sea area, recently released a report outlining the importance of child protection networks, arguing for the importance of investing in networks both technically and financially. Networks, they argue, are crucial in spreading promising practices and innovation.
The full report, "Why Networks Encourage Innovation and Why Donors Should Invest in Them: Lessons from the Field of Child Protection," is available here.  
ChildPact’s manifesto calling for investment in child protection networks is available here.
The world turned upside down: A review of protection risks and UNHCR’s role in natural disasters
UNHCR’s Policy Development and Evaluation Service (PDES) and Division of  International Protection (DIP) commissioned a study on protection risks following six sudden-onset natural disasters. The study furthers the understanding of protection in the context of natural disasters and examines how to develop effective protection responses for affected populations. UNHCR concludes that national and local governments should be actively involved in preventing, identifying, and addressing protection risks prior to a disaster striking a country and outlines key approaches to take.
Read the full report here.
Protection in Practice: Food Assistance with Safety and Dignity
In this book, the World Food Programme (WFP) lays out its approach to maximizing its protective impact on beneficiaries through food assistance. Even in the material food-assistance mandate of the WFP, protection of civilians and their rights is becoming increasingly relevant. This book emerged from the organization’s ongoing realization that protection and assistance needs are better addressed together than separately. Read WFP’s book, “Protection in Practice,” here. 
Sri Lanka: Unrestricted Warfare and Limited Protective Humanitarian Action
In the aftermath of the Sri Lankan conflict, the humanitarian response proved an inability to adequately protect citizens. In the “policy dabate” section of International Development Policy, Norah Niland, John Holmes, and Miriam Bradley share their diverse perspectives—which span policy, practice, and research—on how humanitarian decision-making exacerbated or improved the situation in Sri Lanka and the relevance of learning from that context for other emergencies.
Read the debate here.
The Future of Children
The spring 2014 edition of the open-access journal The Future of Children, entitled “Helping Parents, Helping Children: Two-Generation Mechanisms,” assesses past and current two-generation programs.  The issue focuses on six widely acknowledged mechanisms by which parents and the home environment they create influence children’s development.
Access the full journal here.
Children describe torture in Israeli solitary confinement
A recent report by Defense for Children International-Palestine Section (DCI-Palestine) highlights the issue of Palestinian children who are subjected to solitary confinement after arrests by Israeli occupation forces. DCI-Palestine collected 98 sworn affidavits from Palestinian children aged 12 to 17 in 2012-2013. The report, which outlines its methodology systematically, is based on the 40 documented solitary confinement cases from the reporting period.
Read the full report here.
Consultancy Recruitment for Guidelines on Children’s Reintegration
The Inter-agency Group on Reintegration—for which the CPC Learning Network Secretariat serves on the advisory group—is seeking a consultant to assist in the development of inter-agency guidelines on children's reintegration.  The consultancy is for 44 days, from September 2014 to January 2016.  If you are interested in this work please send your CV, along with a short covering letter explaining how you meet the core competencies included in the TOR to Payal Saksena ( by 9 July 2014. 
More information is available here.
Request for Abstracts and Editors for Institutionalized Children Explorations and Beyond (ICEB)
ICEB is a platform for sharing information, knowledge enhancement and the development of a dialogue and debate among professionals, policymakers, and volunteers working for institutionalized children in countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. ICEB is now accepting abstracts for the second issue, to go out in September 2014. Submit your abstract (500 words or less) on topics relating to research and exploration of work with institutionalized children in time for the editorial board to take a decision and invite the final manuscript by end July 2014. The ICEB Journal is also seeking qualified editors and advisors.  For further information, please contact: Dr. Monisha Akhtar, Editor-in-Chief, ICEB Journal and Dr. Kiran Modi, International Liaison Editor, ICEB Journal at:
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