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
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.
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.
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.
On 7th June 2018, Coram International held a very special event in collaboration with the Foreign Press Association. The event was an opportunity to celebrate the work and achievements of Coram International over the last 20 years with journalists and representatives from High Commissions from all over the world. The Chief-Executive of Coram, Dr Carol Homden CBE, and the Director of Coram International, Professor Dame Carolyn Hamilton DBE, both gave compelling speeches on the history of Coram and the work that Coram International has achieved in 86 countries around the globe.
Coram International was also delighted to be joined by the Pan Nation Steel Orchestra and the Aleppo Supper Club who provided the sounds and tastes of the evening.
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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.
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Child marriages are on the decline says UNICEF
UNICEF reports today that there has been a significant drop in the number of child marriages worldwide. They estimate that 25 million child marriages have been prevented in the last decade, with South Asian countries seeing the biggest decrease.
Kara Apland, Senior Researcher at Coram International said: “The reduction in child marriage is a welcome development, which suggests progress towards the improved protection and empowerment of young women and girls. As noted by UNICEF, significant work remains to be done on the issue, which still affects around 20% of girls worldwide.
“In addition to legislating to prevent child marriage, and campaigning to change attitudes, future efforts should focus on addressing underlying drivers of child marriage, such as through improving girls’ access to educational opportunities, supporting them to obtain economic independence, and targeting discriminatory gender norms.”
In 2014 and 2015, Coram International and Plan International undertook a research study in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Indonesia, as part of the Asia Child Marriage Initiative (ACMI). The research gathers in-depth and detailed evidence on the root causes of child marriage practices, exploring social attitudes, values and norms and identifying the structural and environmental factors which influence them.
Prof Carolyn Hamilton honoured as Dame
Coram is delighted that Professor Carolyn Hamilton, Director of Research and International Programmes at Coram Children’s Legal Centre, has been granted the award of Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) for Services to Children’s Rights and Education in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. [read press release]
Overprotected and Underserved: The Influence of Law on Young People’s access to sexual and reproductive health in Nepal
Kat Watson, Elizabeth Yarrow, Kara Apland, Jorun Arndt and Maurice Dunaiski
Coram International recently completed a study on the influence of the law on young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health services in Nepal. This study is part of a larger multi-country project for the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and UNFPA in South and South East Asia, with previous and on-going studies conducted in Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. The Nepal study explores the laws and legal rules that impact and regulate young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, using qualitative and quantitative methods, and provides recommendations for legal and policy reform
Kara Apland and Professor Dame Carolyn Hamilton
Coram International has 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.
Professor Carolyn Hamilton, Elizabeth Yarrow, and Kara Apland
For this study, Coram International developed and implemented a mixed methods research methodology in order to assess the merit and worth of the decision-making processes since the mid-term review, in relation to the development of a child protection system in Myanmar and particularly the use of social work case management as a key point of entry to protect human rights. The study included data collection in Rakhine State, which touched upon many of the issues relating to migration and children.
Unicef rated this study as one of the 15 best evaluation reports of 2016.