Save the Children has been facilitating the process of child rights agencies to transform their programmes from a ‘needs based approach’ to a ‘child rights based approach’ for the recognition of the rights of the child. Before this change can materialise, a shift must occur in the conventional means of dealing with programming. The practice of the rights based approach to development is the language of claim, law, legitimacy and accountability. When a rights based approach is adopted, it alters how children are perceived in the development arena – from beneficiaries to rights holders. Experience suggests that the resulting changes in the perception of children and childhood appear to be conducive to the advancement of children’s rights.
Save the Children acknowledges that various conventional Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems and mechanisms which are already in use are not based on a child rights programming perspective; therefore, such approaches fail to adequately assess the level of impact programmes and projects have on the lives of children. For this reason, Save the Children Sweden initiated a comprehensive process of revisiting and reconstructing the conventional monitoring and evaluation system through discussions, workshops and by developing tools and methodology.
This process began with a Child Rights Based Monitoring and Evaluation Regional Workshop in Kathmandu in October, 2004. During the workshop, Save the Children Alliance members and partners engaged in in-depth discussion on how to develop and use methods and tools on Child Rights Based Monitoring and Evaluation, including those of child led indicators. At the end of the workshop a decision was made that the thinking process must be taken forward and further conceptualised with adequate follow up measures. The report provides a comprehensive narration of the workshop’s proceedings that can guide participants to the workshop contents and strengthen learning in the field.
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