Our Impact

Every human being is entitled to human rights. Children represent around a third of the global population. Yet their rights are being neglected or violated across the globe. For four decades, we have been advancing the rights, empowerment and protection of children from the local to the global level, with children, our Network members and observers, and partners.

Here are examples of some of the recent impact we have made in advancing child rights around the world.

Impact Stories

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2022 in review: Unlocking the potential of the first national child rights coalition in Morocco to speak with one powerful voice with children at the UN

8 June, 2023
Lack of coordination as a key barrier to realizing the human rights of all children in Morocco Despite significant progress made by Morocco in realizing children’s rights, including education and […]

2022 in review: Catalyzing the influence of civil society and children on UN wide policies and decision-making where children’s rights are forgotten

5 June, 2023
Why child rights mainstreaming is critical to realizing child rights In today’s world, where child rights face widespread backlash, increasing violations, and multiple crises such as environmental disasters, migration, armed […]

2022 in review: Further building momentum for realising the rights, protection and empowerment of child human rights defenders at all levels

31 May, 2023
Children experience specific and additional challenges and violations when acting as human rights defenders because of their status in society “Children are already human rights defenders, with the same rights […]

2022 in review: New spaces opened for children to voice their views, engage adults, and act for what they believe in

17 May, 2023
Historic exclusion of children in decision-making and persistent pushback on child participation Children have historically been excluded from discussions and decision-making at all levels, including from international policy debates on […]

Child Rights Connect In Action: Responding to the unprecedent mobilization of children for climate justice

16 May, 2022
Children’s calls for climate justice have been heard, but largely ignored  The world is experiencing an unprecedented mobilization of children acting to demand urgent action to address the ever-escalating climate […]

Child Rights Connect In Action: Building political consensus and empowering civil society towards OPIC ratification

9 May, 2022
The OPIC, a unique instrument that has yet to be ratified by many States   Seven years have passed since the entry into force of the Optional Protocol on an Individual […]

2022 By the Numbers

2022 By the Numbers

Children’s rights defenders, including children, empowered to report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child
New / updated multilingual resources published to help children / adults engage with the United Nations
Child advisors, aged between 13 and 18-years-old, from all regions of the world, including 7 girls, 1 gender diverse child, and 2 children with disabilities
Online workshops / meetings led or co-led by Child Rights Connect on various child rights issues
Actors engaged in meetings / workshops on the rights of child human rights defenders and child participation
Actors engaged in meetings / workshops on child access to justice including through the OPIC

What others say about our impact ...

Without Child Rights Connect’s presence, the global civil society’s advocacy and influence on children’s rights and child rights mainstreaming would be hampered.”

External evaluation 2022

“Joining Child Rights Connect made me aware of how important children’s rights is in this world where children’s voices can’t be heard and often ignored.”

Sophia, 2021 child advisor, Indonesia

“[Child Rights Connect] have made it possible for me to carry the voice of the children and young people of my country and always respect my position from the point of view of disability.”

Jorge, 2021 child advisor, Bolivia

How we make our change happen

We know from experience that change takes time, can be incremental, and requires collaboration. The below graph shows how we make change happen.

A results-based approach

We work with a results-based approach. This means results are at the centre of what we do, and how we do it. We operate with a Monitoring and Evaluation Plan which outlines what information we track to assess our results, how this information is collected, how frequently and by whom. Every year, we undertake a comprehensive review of our results against our set objectives and identify lessons learned. We document this information in our public annual reports and reports to our donors. Periodically, we engage consultants to conduct an external evaluation of our impact. We use key findings to adapt what we do and how we do it to better and more sustainably advance child rights.

The change we seek to achieve is about shifting perceptions, attitudes, and practices, particularly towards empowering children and civil society, influencing decisions of States, and promoting legal and policy reform. Our methods for assessing impact therefore heavily rely on qualitative data. But we also collect quantitative data to track our reach. We strive to disaggregate the data we collect by age, gender, geography, and other criteria to assess how different categories of children and children’s rights defenders are impacted upon by our work and improve the inclusiveness of our actions.

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