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Dedicated to the protection and promotion of children’s rights

Coram International works around the world and in the UK with governments, UN bodies, IGOs and NGOs to protect and promote children’s and young people’s human rights

What we do

Technical assistance

Coram International combines the excellent specialist expertise of our practitioner experts with robust research to deliver technical work of the highest standard. Our consultative and collaborative approach ensures that our technical work is evidence-based and context-tailored.

Research

Coram International specialises in the design and implementation of applied mixed methods research and evaluation, drawing on a range of quantitative, qualitative and participatory methods. We have a track record of producing high quality and accessible research publications for a broad range of policy, practitioner and academic audiences.

Themes

Coram International specialises in the rights of children and young people. Our expertise covers a high number of topics including child protection, justice and governance, gender equality, reproductive rights, counter-terrorism and extremism.

India Supreme Court decriminalises same-sex sexual activity 

In September 2018, India’s Supreme Court decriminalised same-sex sexual activity. The landmark ruling saw the removal of a 160-year old law under Section 377 of the Penal Code, which criminalised homosexual sex, on the grounds that it amounted to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and is a fundamental violation of human rights. You can read further about this news story here.

In 2017, Coram International published its study on the Influence of Law on People’s Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) in India, titled ‘Overprotected and Underserved‘. The study explored the influence of prohibiting same-sex sexual activity on young people’s access to SRH services and highlighted a number of impacts caused by this criminal provision, including its effects on the information and education provided around SRH and how services do or do not cater for a diversity of sexual and gender preferences and identities. For example, the data collected for this study showed that 20% of the individuals who identified as ‘other’, in reference to their gender, reported that they had experienced being denied access to a SRH service as a specific consequence of their sexuality/ gender identity. The study also highlighted that criminalisation of same-sex sexual activities can result in an unwillingness of individuals to reveal their sexual activities to service providers which has implications for their health treatment and care in relation to SRH. A World Bank report from 2012 also found that persons identifying as gay, lesbian or transgender in India prefer not to access mainstream health services due to stigmatisation faced by health service providers.

The recommendations of the report include the removal of criminal provisions prohibiting same-sex sexual activity from law, which has now been realised by the landmark ruling of India’s Supreme Court. In light of the findings in our 2017 report, it will be interesting to see the impacts that decriminalising same-sex sexual activity will have on individuals and their ability to access SRH services, as well as the impacts on information and education provided on SRH.

Evaluation report rated as one of the best of 2017 by UNICEF

Our recently published Final Evaluation of the Justice for Every Child Project in Bosnia and Herzegovina has been rated as one of UNICEF’s 13 Best Evaluation Reports of 2017, receiving a ‘Highly Satisfactory’ rating.

Kara Apland and Carolyn Hamilton carried out an independent evaluation, commissioned by UNICEF Bosnia and Herzegovina, to assess the second phase of UNICEF’s Justice for Every Child Project. The evaluation used qualitative and quantitative research methods to review and assess the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability of Phase II of the Project. It makes strategic recommendations for future decision-making in the area of justice for children for both UNICEF and local stakeholders. Click here to read the full report.

Click here to read more about UNICEF’s Best Evaluation Reports of 2017.

Situation Analysis of Children in the Pacific Island Countries

Professor Dame Carolyn Hamilton, Kirsten Anderson, Ruth Barnes and Awaz Raoof

Coram International was commissioned by UNICEF Pacific in 2017 to carry out 14 in-depth situation analyses (SitAns) of children and women in the following Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs): the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Coram International produced a regional overview as well as 14 in-depth SitAns, which can be viewed for a more detailed discussion of country-specific trends, challenges and recommendations. The regional report provides an overview of evidence to inform decision-making across sectors that are relevant to children and women, and it is particularly intended to contribute to the development of programmes and strategies to protect, respect and fulfil the rights of children and women in the whole Pacific region. It also covers the child outcome areas of: health; nutrition; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); education; child protection (including child justice); and poverty and social protection. By assessing and analysing the situation for children and women in relation to these outcomes, and in relation to relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the report seeks to highlight trends, barriers and bottlenecks in the realisation of children’s and women’s rights across the PICTs region.

Cambodia Action Plan to Prevent and Respond to Violence Against Children 2017-2021

Professor Dame Carolyn Hamilton, Kara Apland, Elizabeth Yarrow and Maurice Dunaiski

The Royal Government of Cambodia has launched its Action Plan to Prevent and Respond to Violence Against Children 2017-2021. The Action Plan has been formulated following the 2013 Cambodia Violence Against Children Survey, the first countrywide study, and the first regional study in the East Asia Pacific region, to provide evidence on the magnitude and nature of the different types of violence experienced by children in Cambodia.

The Action Plan was coordinated by the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in partnership with government ministries and agencies represented in the multi-sectoral Steering Committee on Violence Against Women and Violence Against Children and its Technical Working Groups. In 2015-16, Coram International carried out the literature review, research, secondary analysis and theory of change on VAC in Cambodia, which is the basis of the Action Plan.

Zambia Juvenile Justice: National Diversion Framework

Kirsten Anderson, Gwen Ross, and Hon. Kenneth Mulife

In 2016, Coram International worked with UNICEF Zambia to support the Zambian Ministry of Community Development and Social Services to develop a National Diversion Framework. The National Diversion Framework sets out the scope, criteria, process and options for the use of diversion in Zambia and was developed in the context of national child reform efforts, which are aimed at bringing the Zambian child justice system in line with international standards. The National Diversion Framework was developed in close collaboration with representatives from a range of key Government Ministries and NGOs/CSOs and aims to assist stakeholders, such as Magistrates, Law Enforcement Agencies and Social Welfare Officers, to respond to child offending by way of diversion from the formal court system.

Unlocking Children’s Rights

Coram International was co-funded by the EU’s Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Fund for a two-year project to develop training on child-friendly communication skills and child-rights informed practices for those working with children in justice, detention and residential care settings. These training materials are available for use, free of charge.