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
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.
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.
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.
Coram International delivers virtual training
Coram International has just completed the first set of a series of virtual training and coaching sessions on protecting children affected by migration in Kazakhstan. Participants included social workers, lawyers, psychologists and pedagogues from NGOs, the Centres of Adaptation of Minors, the Centre for the Support of Children in Difficult Life Situations and the Department of Education, from Nur Sultan City, Almaty City, Shymkent City and Turkestan Region.
The training sessions placed particular emphasis on how to deliver child-centred, integrated services to meet each child’s needs. They also addressed practical challenges and shared best practice.
The trainings were delivered as part of a consultancy with UNICEF Kazakhstan to provide technical expertise to national partners, on the implementation of a new model for providing protective services to children affected by migration. This new model seeks to develop statutory child protection services, and provide children with an ‘independent supporter’ to help the child understand and participate in decision-making processes.
The overall purpose of the model protective services is to ensure that children affected by migration in Kazakhstan are effectively protected and that their rights as set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child are progressively realized.
Kara Apland, Elizabeth Yarrow and Jorun Arndt
In 2018, Coram International conducted a formative evaluation of UNICEF’s ‘Be a Change Agent’ Project (B-CAP) in Liberia. BCAP, which operates in two of Liberia’s most deprived urban slums, aims to empower vulnerable adolescents through youth entrepreneurship, formal and non-formal educational support and livelihood skills training. The primary purpose of the formative evaluation was to generate evidence to inform and improve B-CAP’s implementation in its second phase. The evaluation assesses the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability and scalability of B-CAP and provides recommendations. The evaluation sought to determine the extent to which B-CAP has achieved its planned (and any unintended) results, to identify factors that affected its implementation, and to develop recommendations which can strengthen the project going forward.
UNICEF has rated this evaluation ‘Highly Satisfactory’ and considers it to exceed UNICEF and UNEG standards for evaluation reports. UNCIEF also concludes that decision makers may use the evaluation with a high degree of confidence.
Awaz Raoof, Charlotte Baker and Professor Dame Carolyn Hamilton
Coram International was contracted by UNICEF Uzbekistan to carry out an independent evaluation of UNICEF’s child rights monitoring (CRM) programme in Uzbekistan 2016-2018. The object of the evaluation includes six CRM projects implemented by UNICEF between 2016 and 2018, and UNICEF’s current approach to CRM which is reflected in its draft ‘Child Rights Monitoring and Evaluation Theory of Change 2017-2020. The evaluation also considers several CRM projects implemented between 2014 and 2016.
This evaluation assesses the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability and, to the extent possible, the likely impact of UNICEF’s CRM programme. The purpose of this evaluation is to produce recommendations, knowledge and insights for UNICEF, the Government of Uzbekistan, the National Human Rights Centre, Women’s Committee, the inter-agency working groups and monitoring groups in Ferghana, Jizzakh, Khorezm and the Republic of Karakalpakstan (RoK), non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other key stakeholder groups, to inform the development of the Country Programme of Cooperation between the Government of Uzbekistan and UNICEF for the period 2016-2020.
UNICEF has rated this evaluation ‘Highly Satisfactory’ and considers it to exceed UNICEF/UNEG standards for evaluation reports. The report generally observes good practices and can be used with confidence by decision-makers.
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.
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.