Guides, Manuals, and Toolkits

PUBLIC BUDGETS: HOW GOVERNMENTS SHOULD SPEND MONEY FOR CHILDREN’S RIGHTS

This child-friendly material explains the UN CRC General Comment No. 19 (GC19) Public Budgeting for the Realization of Children’s Rights which was launched on 22 September 2016.

GC19 spells out the obligations of state parties to the UNCRC regarding open, inclusive and accountable resource mobilization, budget allocation and spending for children. GC19 also recommends that children all over the world participate in budget decisions that will, for sure, affect them.

This illustrated primer, produced by the Centre for Children’s Rights, Queen University Belfast with advice from a group of children aged 10-14 and the Child Rights Connect Working Group on Investment in Children, encourages the involvement of children in the budget process. Contents include children’ rights particularly on public spending, public budgeting steps, and tips on how children can participate. Lastly, CRC Asia, as a member of the working group, has added a section which explains how investing in the prevention of violence against children today can actually benefit everyone in the long run.

Read or download the whole booklet here.

*Also watch this animated short on state’s obligations to invest in children’s rights.

 

WE BELIEVE IN YOUTH: GLOBAL REFUGEE YOUTH CONSULTATIONS

Publisher: Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC)

Publication date: September 2016

Executive Summary 

Seldom consulted, frequently overlooked, and often unable to fully participate in decision making, the talents, energy, and potential of Refugee Youth—young people aged 15-24 years old—remain largely untapped. This must change. Refugee Youth want the same things young people everywhere want: to be consulted, to be listened to, to contribute, to engage, and to be part of solutions. They want opportunities, education, employment, and inclusion.

UNHCR and the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) undertook the Global Refugee Youth Consultations (GRYC) to amplify youth “voices” in decisions that affect them. The GRYC included 1,267 young people who participated in 56 national or sub-national consultations held in 22 countries between October 2015 and June 2016. The GRYC were the beginning of a process—a process that must continue to develop the leadership, capacity, and futures of Refugee Youth everywhere. This Executive Summary highlights the outcomes of the GRYC process—Seven Core Actions for Refugee Youth (Core Actions), and ten challenges for Refugee Youth—and summarises recommendations for the full range of actors engaged in humanitarian response—including States, multi-lateral organisations, international and national civil society organisations, traditional and non-traditional donors, and community and youth groups (humanitarian actors)—to take the Core Actions forward. The full report—“We Believe in Youth” —provides more detail on these outcomes and recommendations.

screen-shot-2016-12-12-at-6-55-26-am
screen-shot-2016-12-12-at-6-55-59-am

Download full report here.

TOOL: Mapping the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Many countries have started implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — a historic opportunity to advance the rights and well-being of every child, especially the most disadvantaged. However, many children are still left behind.

To support the SDGs, and to make sure every child receives a fair change, UNICEF launched Mapping the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, an interactive tool that shows how all the 17 goals and 169 targets are crucial to the well-being of children.

The tool links the SDGs and the articles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. That is, clicking a goal will show which articles are related to that goal and vice versa.

You may access and explore the tool by downloading it here: sdg-crc_mapping_final

screen-shot-2016-11-28-at-11-28-34-am

screen-shot-2016-11-28-at-11-29-01-am

screen-shot-2016-11-28-at-11-29-22-am

A GUIDEBOOK ON SPACES FOR CHILDREN’S PARTICIPATION IN ASEAN

This material is intended for children and young people as well as adult child rights advocates. It is hoped that this material will help them understand ASEAN and encourage them to come up with ideas how children can be involved in its work to promote and protect children’s rights. This document which is based on available documents has two parts: (1) Introduction to ASEAN and (2) Introduction to Child Participation. In both discussions, concrete examples of spaces and activities that children have tried out before and those that can be explored in the future have been highlighted. Each country has different experiences and does have diverse circumstances that facilitate or inhibit children’s participation. This material hopes that some of the documented experiences can inspire children’s organizations to find their own creative and meaningful ways to participate in society.

This reference material is a product of collaboration involving various organizations, namely FORUM-ASIA and the Child Rights Coalition – Asia. Terres De Hommes Germany provided generous support for the success of this project.