Presentation on theme: "UNICEFs Social Policy Agenda Regional Workshop, Bangkok 12-16 May 2008 Gaspar Fajth Chief, Social Policy and Economic Analyses Policy, Advocacy and Knowledge."— Presentation transcript:
UNICEFs Social Policy Agenda Regional Workshop, Bangkok May 2008 Gaspar Fajth Chief, Social Policy and Economic Analyses Policy, Advocacy and Knowledge Management Section UNICEF Division of Policy and Practice, New York
Themes Is social policy engagement new for UNICEF? Global challenges and opportunities UNICEFs social policy agenda: The Global Study and some other HQ initiatives
UNICEF's mission statement – a closer look UNICEF is mandated … to advocate for –the protection of children's rights, –to help meet their basic needs and –to 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 children UNICEF mobilizes political will and material resources –to help countries, particularly developing countries, ensure a "first call for children" and –to build their capacity to form appropriate policies and deliver services for children –and their families.
Global challenges and opportunities Global agendas –Human rights –Sustainable Development –Market Reform/Structural Adjustment –Nations State/Democracy –Human Development –Human Security –MDGs/Global Poverty –Governance reform
Global challenges and opportunities Global trends –Integration through trade and capital flows –Rising inequalities –Demographic change, migration –New patterns of economic growth and employment –Environmental risks, climate change –Commodity boom/price hikes –More volatility
Global challenges and opportunities Global opportunities –The international agendas… –South-led development –Creating welfare states/inclusive societies in the south –Evidence-based, child-sensitive policy making (inc. policy transfers) –Networking.
UNICEFs priorities ( Strategic Plan) and the MDGs UNICEF Priorities (Focus Areas) 1.Young child survival and development 2.Basic education and gender equality 3.HIV/AIDS and children 4.Child protection from violence, exploitation and abuse 5.Policy advocacy and partnerships for childrens rights The MDGs 1.Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger 2.Achieve Universal Primary Education 3.Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women 4.Reduce Child Mortality 5.Improve Maternal Health 6.Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other Diseases 7.Ensure Environmental Sustainability 8.Develop a Global Partnership for Development
Focus Area 5: Policy advocacy and partnerships for childrens rights Four key result (activity) areas –collecting data and information –supporting research and policy analysis –engaging in advocacy and policy dialogue with decision makers –supporting participation by children and young people Current thematic agenda: –Child poverty and disparities –Social protection –Social budgets –Decentralization –Migration –Legislative reforms for childrens rights
UNICEFs implicit social policy objectives 1.The right to a family upbringing is realized for all children. 2.All children have access to basic social services (nutrition, WES, health, education, protective environment including family support/community services). 3.Equity-enhancing mechanism are in place (including gender- equity!) 4.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. 5.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!
Initiatives on Social Policy Analyses and Community of Practice Examples –Global Study on Child Poverty and Disparities –Budget Networking –Social Protection –Decentralization –Migration
Work on Child Poverty and Disparities Builds on recent training courses esp. Public Policy and Advocacy for Childrens Rights and Social Protection FA5 Thematic funding (new round in May) Started in September 2007 by launching the Guide and the web-link Downloadable from:
The Global Study Guide Note: Flexibility and adaptation to local context encouraged!
Work on Public Budgets Training 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 childrens rights. Side Event on national budgets and children at Doha Financing for Development meeting? Knowledge sharing: Budgeting for Childrens Rights Intranet page - htm including reference material, country examples, OR proposals, learning materials, external references and more htm Eyes on the budget monthly newsletters (March, April)MarchApril Two pager on UNICEF, Budget work and ChildrenTwo pager Development of a Community of Practice (forthcoming)
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 expertise Systematize key internal and external reference materials Connect people to information and people to people Provide a mutual support network Identify support needs, knowledge gaps and barriers to success Help pool our efforts to address them Build our knowledge base through network queries Provide inputs to organizational strategy, policy, advocacy, fundraising, partnerships How would it work? Dedicated collaborative e-space Active facilitation from HQ and with support from ROs Face to face meetings to discuss priorities and needs
What do we need from you? Your experiences Your expertise and knowledge To know what you need from us To give us feedback on how we should help/do better Your engagement to make this work! Contact persons: Budget networking: Ian Thorpe /PAKM/DPP (see also Poverty networking: Sharmila Kurukulasuriya /PAKM/DPP (see also Migration: Rhea Saab /PAKM/DPP Social Protection: Katherine Holland /PAKM/DPP Community of Practice in Economic and Social Policies
thank you for joining us and helping to move this agenda forward!