Child Rights Governance

Children from the Guija district, Gaza province. Photo: Z. Isac Mundiara / Save the Children, 2015

We help governments and other powerful actors to be more responsive and accountable for children’s rights by allowing children to speak out and by making laws, policies and budgets that put children first. 

What are we doing about it?

1.      Monitoring and Demanding Child Rights with Children

a)      Improve accountability for the rights of the most deprived children: In Mozambique Save the Children has been (i) working and supporting local Civil Society Organization to prepare and submit their supplementary report on Child Rights situation in Mozambique, where there is adult report and separated children’s report, both submitted to UN and AU, (ii) supporting and working with local Civil Society Organization and other INGO for the ratification of the 3rd Optional Protocol of the UN-CRC by the Government of Mozambique; (iii) and advocating government for the inclusion of Child Rights (Child Rights Basic Principles) as part of the requirements for corporate license to operate in Mozambique and (iv) working with government and other Civil Society Organization to improve access to free birth registration soon a child is born.

b)      Children influence local and national government to ensure their survival, learning and protection: (i) Children are engaged in child led process of social accountability advocacy exercises at district levels demanding improve equitable access to good quality education, health and protection services  and (ii) Save the Children in Mozambique, together with other partners, have been supporting children to participate in public planning and budget processes at district, provincial and national levels, advocating for the increase of resource (including budget) allocation in key sectors meeting their rights to education, rights and protection.  

2.      Good Governance Delivering Child Rights: Despite progresses that Mozambique has registering in meeting Child Rights across the country, in regarding good governance Save the Children in Mozambique has been supporting the strengthening of:

a)      Local Civil Society Organization working on Child Rights related advocacy to get engaged into the existing public related Child Rights platforms, networks and forums, so that the Civil Society Organizationhas a strong and proactive voice to influence and interact with government at district, provincial and national levels on Child Rights related issues, and 

b)      The Child Rights Sub-committee at the National Child Rights Commission so that it better plays its role of monitoring government interventions that fulfilling Child Rights in Mozambique.

3.      Public Investment in Children: Save the Children in Mozambique has been focusing on the increase and improvement of quality public spending on essential services for Child Rights through:

a)      The increase of public resources and budget  allocations in education, health, socio protection, child protection, birth registration and humanitarian response at district, provincial and national levels, and 

b)      Adoption of participatory planning and budgeting processes with children initiatives in 10% of municipalities.