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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2023 in review: A historic step within the UN system and greater momentum for implementing a child rights approach

6 May, 2024
Download the visual on these results here! Why child rights mainstreaming is critical to realizing children’s rights  Across the globe, children bear the brunt of multiple crises, violations of children’s […]

2023 in review: Elevating children’s voices in new international guidance on what States must do to uphold children’s right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment

6 May, 2024
Download our visual about these results here! While bearing the brunt of the triple planetary crisis, children remain largely excluded from related decision-making “Adults! The real victims of environmental destruction […]

2023 in review: Bridging the gap between non-State actors and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child for increased accountability to children

4 May, 2024
Download our visual on these results here! Why a platform facilitating civil society’s engagement in the work of the Committee is still needed The Committee on the Rights of the […]

2023 in review: Six years of learning help scale up the work of (and our support to) our Children’s Advisory Team in making a change worldwide

3 May, 2024
“Nothing about us without us” We, at Child Rights Connect, strive to act by this mantra. Because children’s voices are out there and should dictate our efforts to advance their […]

2023 in review: Bringing more children to the table and influencing the Human Rights Council and related processes on the digital environment: a key milestone

2 May, 2024
Download the visual on these results here! Children’s voices historically ignored at the Human Rights Council The UN Human Rights Council is the main intergovernmental body within the United Nations […]

2023 in review: Elevating the voices and rights of child human rights defenders across the globe to make a change

2 May, 2024
Download our visual about these results here! Children acting as human rights defenders remain often ignored, neglected and intimidated We cannot say it enough: whether we call them child human […]

2023 by the numbers

2023 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 12 and 17-years-old, from all regions of the world, including 8 girls
Workshops/events led or co-led by Child Rights Connect on various child rights issues
Actors engaged in workshops/events on the rights of child human rights defenders and child participation
Children and child rights practitioners participated in our 40th anniversary conference on “Changing the narrative for and with children”

What others say about our impact ...

“Being a Child Advisor has been a source of empowerment for me in various ways. It’s the first time I’ve felt actively involved in making a positive impact on the world.”

Anghelina, 2023-2024 child advisor, Moldova

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

“[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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