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Ending violence against children grossly underfunded within the framework of international cooperation

 New report shows only a small fraction of official development assistance goes toward ending violence against children

NEW YORK (May 24, 2017) — For the first time, a review of official development assistance (ODA) to end violence against children has been completed. The report, Counting Pennies, found that in 2015 total ODA spending was $174 billion and of that less than 0.6 percent was allocated to ending violence against children.

“While commending states’ commitment to end violence against children, it is deeply worrying that less than US$1.1 billion of ODA is estimated to be spent addressing this critical human-rights concern,” says Marta Santos Pais, special representative of the United Nations secretary-general on violence against children.

Violence compromises children’s development, health and education and has a high cost to society — up to US$7 trillion a year, worldwide. So the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development now includes a distinct global target to end all forms of violence against children (target 16.2). Ending the abuse, neglect and exploitation of children is also mainstreamed across other parts of this international development agenda.

Children’s lives are at stake, and the serious consequences of violence can last a lifetime,” Santos Pais adds.While governments’ policy priorities may have competing demands on scarce resources, the social and financial costs of inaction are too high.”

Civil society partners that collaborated on this report were World Vision International, SOS Children’s Villages, Save the Children and ChildFund Alliance (of which Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a member). The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence Against Children and UNICEF also contributed to the research.

“Through this report we learned and are very supportive of the fact that Canada is the largest single provider of official development assistance to end violence against children,” says Patrick Canagasingham, CEO of CCFC. “Canada is also a leading proponent of child-protection initiatives, which are focused on violence prevention. CCFC applauds Canada’s leadership in developing mechanisms to track the effectiveness of spending on violence prevention. Canada’s use of a child-issues policy marker shows spending on ending violence against children can be measured. We support efforts to track spending and wholeheartedly support expanding procedures for identifying projects which have an impact on violence against children.”

Trihadi Saptoadi, vice-chair, Executive Committee for Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children and World Vision Global Leader for Impact and Engagement adds: “Violence against children undermines all aid and development activities. Partnerships, like the one backing this report, are vital in addressing an issue of this magnitude. An end to violence against children is within reach, and we will see the greatest impact by working together.”

The report also found that half of all ODA to end violence against children goes to two geographic regions: Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. Countries affected by conflict and displacement, such as Iraq, Syria and South Sudan, receive the bulk of these investments. Yet, funding to address violence against children in these areas is still lacking.

The study recommends donors improve tracking of spending to determine how international development assistance is contributing to achieving the Sustainable Development targets to end violence against children. The report also calls for further research into the amount of domestic resources invested by recipient governments.

“The world’s agreed priority to ending violence against children needs to be matched by increased ODA investment and by tracking spending on preventing and addressing violence against children,” says Santos Pais. “This must happen through official development assistance and through the mobilization of domestic resources.”

For further information:

Bonar Bell, communications manager, CCFC | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | (905) 754-1001, ext. 221

Diana Quick, communications and digital strategist, ChildFund Alliance | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About CCFC:

Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-centred international development organization and a member of ChildFund Alliance. For more than 55 years, CCFC has worked with children, communities, donors and other partners — changing lives through improved health, education and clean water. CCFC works in 12 countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, to support more than 700,000 children, youth and community members.

About ChildFund Alliance:

ChildFund Alliance is a global network of 11 child-focused development organizations working in more than 60 countries around the world. With an annual turnover of more than US$500 million, ChildFund Alliance helps an estimated 15-million children and their families to overcome poverty.