Presentation on theme: "UNICEF’s Social Policy Agenda Regional Workshop, Bangkok 12-16 May 2008 Gaspar Fajth Chief, Social Policy and Economic Analyses Policy, Advocacy and."— Presentation transcript:
1 UNICEF’s Social Policy Agenda Regional Workshop, Bangkok May Gaspar Fajth Chief, Social Policy and Economic Analyses Policy, Advocacy and Knowledge Management Section UNICEF Division of Policy and Practice, New York
2 Themes Is social policy engagement new for UNICEF? Global challenges and opportunitiesUNICEF’s social policy agenda:The Global Study and some other HQ initiatives
3 UNICEF's mission statement – a closer look UNICEF is mandated … to advocate forthe protection of children's rights,to help meet their basic needs andto expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.UNICEF insists that the survival, protection and development of children are universal development imperatives that are integral to human progress.UNICEF is committed to ensuring special protection for the most disadvantaged childrenUNICEF mobilizes political will and material resourcesto help countries, particularly developing countries, ensure a "first call for children" andto build their capacity to form appropriate policies and deliver services for childrenand their families.
4 Global challenges and opportunities Global agendasHuman rightsSustainable DevelopmentMarket Reform/Structural AdjustmentNations State/DemocracyHuman DevelopmentHuman SecurityMDGs/Global PovertyGovernance reform
5 Global challenges and opportunities Global trendsIntegration through trade and capital flowsRising inequalitiesDemographic change, migrationNew patterns of economic growth and employmentEnvironmental risks, climate changeCommodity boom/price hikesMore volatility
6 Global challenges and opportunities Global opportunitiesThe international agendas…South-led developmentCreating welfare states/inclusive societies in the southEvidence-based, child-sensitive policy making (inc. policy transfers)Networking.
7 UNICEF’s priorities (2006-2009 Strategic Plan) and the MDG’s Eradicate Extreme Poverty and HungerAchieve Universal Primary EducationPromote Gender Equality and Empower WomenReduce Child MortalityImprove Maternal HealthCombat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other DiseasesEnsure Environmental SustainabilityDevelop a Global Partnership for DevelopmentUNICEF Priorities (Focus Areas)Young child survival and developmentBasic education and gender equalityHIV/AIDS and childrenChild protection from violence, exploitation and abusePolicy advocacy and partnerships for children’s rights
8 Focus Area 5: Policy advocacy and partnerships for children’s rights 2006- Four key result (activity) areascollecting data and informationsupporting research and policy analysisengaging in advocacy and policy dialogue with decision makerssupporting participation by children and young peopleCurrent thematic agenda:Child poverty and disparitiesSocial protectionSocial budgetsDecentralizationMigrationLegislative reforms for children’s rights
9 UNICEF’s ‘implicit’ social policy objectives The right to a family upbringing is realized for all children.All children have access to basic social services (nutrition, WES, health, education, protective environment including family support/community services).Equity-enhancing mechanism are in place (including gender-equity!)Children/families/communities are protected from and/or empowered to cope with adversity, crises and dislocations, including those stemming from economic reform, instability of income/employment, migration or conflict.Children/families/communities participate in resources allocations, strategic decisions and policymaking affecting them.Underlying assumption current international policy frameworks and growth, investment, trade trends associated with globalization (or with the lack of it) will either be slow or ineffective in addressing all these objectives!
10 Initiatives on Social Policy Analyses and Community of Practice ExamplesGlobal Study on Child Poverty and DisparitiesBudget NetworkingSocial ProtectionDecentralizationMigration
11 Work on Child Poverty and Disparities Builds on recent training courses esp. “Public Policy and Advocacy for Children’s Rights” and “Social Protection”FA5 Thematic funding (new round in May)Started in September 2007 by launching the “Guide” and the web-linkDownloadable from:
12 The Global Study GuideNote: Flexibility and adaptation to local context encouraged!
13 Work on Public BudgetsTraining courses “Budget Policies and Investments for Children”FA5 Thematic funding (new round in May)Global advocacy:UNICEF conference on Budgets in Madrid (October) to share experience of budget work for children’s rights.Side Event on national budgets and children at Doha Financing for Development meeting?Knowledge sharing:Budgeting for Children’s Rights Intranet page - including reference material, country examples, OR proposals, learning materials, external references and moreEyes on the budget monthly newsletters (March, April)“Two pager” on UNICEF, Budget work and ChildrenDevelopment of a Community of Practice (forthcoming)
14 Community of Practice in Economic and Social Policies Who is it for?UNICEF staff and partners engaged in relevant work (e.g. budget, poverty)What would it do?Capture existing internal/external experience, knowledge and expertiseSystematize key internal and external reference materialsConnect people to information and people to peopleProvide a mutual support networkIdentify support needs, knowledge gaps and barriers to successHelp pool our efforts to address themBuild our knowledge base through network queriesProvide inputs to organizational strategy, policy, advocacy, fundraising, partnershipsHow would it work?Dedicated collaborative e-spaceActive facilitation from HQ and with support from ROsFace to face meetings to discuss priorities and needs
15 Community of Practice in Economic and Social Policies What do we need from you?Your experiencesYour expertise and knowledgeTo know what you need from usTo give us feedback on how we should help/do betterYour engagement to make this work!Contact persons:Budget networking: Ian Thorpe /PAKM/DPP (see alsoPoverty networking: Sharmila Kurukulasuriya /PAKM/DPP (see alsoMigration: Rhea Saab /PAKM/DPPSocial Protection: Katherine Holland /PAKM/DPP
16 thank you for joining us and helping to move this agenda forward!
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