How to improve global funding to stop violence against children
New report sheds light on the need to better track and reframe spending on global issue
By Brianne Binelli, online content manager
NEW YORK — Patrick Canagasingham, CEO for Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC), joined with more than 20 leaders from the global community in New York today to mark the launch of Counting Pennies: A review of official development assistance to end violence against children.
The joint study — released by a consortium, including World Vision International, SOS Children’s Villages, Save the Children and ChildFund Alliance (of which CCFC is a member) — highlights the need to create a framework for global funding. It’s needed for the one-billion children affected by physical, emotional and sexual violence every year.
CCFC is encouraged that the report shows the Government of Canada is already taking positive steps to address this issue. “Canada is the largest single provider of official development assistance to end violence against children,” says Canagasingham. “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 that have an impact on violence against children.”
This is in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, which include the target to ensure all children grow up free from violence and exploitation by 2030.
CCFC puts the safety and security of children first. We do that through our work in six countries, where we’ve intervened in cases of female genital mutilation, cutting and early forced marriages.
At the table: Patrick Canagasingham, CEO for Christian Children’s Fund of Canada, was one of many who gathered for the launch of Counting Pennies. It was agreed there’s a need to offset the US$7 trillion/year spent addressing violence against children
About Christian Children’s Fund of Canada:
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.