Enhancing Child Protection

Project location: Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur, advocacy and networking all over the country

Partner organisation: Children and Women in Social Service and Human Rights (CWISH)

CWISH, established in 1993, is one of the leading and pioneering organizations working for child protection in Nepal. CWISH has been implementing several programs on child labour and other children’s issues in partnership with different international and national development agencies as well as government agencies. Currently CWISH has been working to end worst forms of child labour, working against child sexual abuse and supporting rural development programs, educating and empowering women and youth in urban and rural areas. Interpedia has cooperated with CWISH since 2003.

Enhancing the Child Protection System in Nepal, second phase is a continuation of Enhancing Child Protection System (ECPS I) in 2010-2013. ECPS I developed the capacity of government agencies and formed a National Child Protection Alliance (NCPA) of CSOs to carry out local level child protection movement. But the government agencies are yet to be made accountable to the legal and policy provisions. Nepal has formulated various laws and ratified international conventions regarding child protection; however it is yet to devise a structure that independently monitors the cases of child right violations. The project forms a strong watch dog mechanism and to increase accountability of the government agencies.

The overall project objective is that children in Nepal are enjoying childhood in a caring, safe and protected environment. The specific objectives are:

  • Civil Society Organizations are working actively for the monitoring of the children right situation
  • Government service providing agencies are working with increased accountability in their duty towards children

 

Direct beneficiaries of the project are 75 CSOs and their 1000 members and 700 child right activists, 700 government officials in the district level who control services delivered, as well as 7000 children victim of violation of their rights. The indirect beneficiaries are marginalized and vulnerable children. Since girl children and children belonging to poor families and ethnic minorities are easily vulnerable to violation of their fundamental rights, the project aims to ensure the right of those vulnerable communities, while making the service providing agencies accountable to the cases of violation of the right of the children.

In order to meet the objectives, the project will extend and strengthen the network of NCPA all over Nepal, capacitating them in monitoring, detection and referral of the cases of violation of child right. Hot line service and radio awareness programs make the community child protection mechanisms aware about child rights and encourage them report cases of violation. Accountability tools like citizen’s charter, checklist of Entitlement and Social Audit will be promoted to increase transparency and accountability of the government. The project creates a new monitoring structure, by working with the existing duty bearers of government and NCPA.