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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.

Formative Evaluation of the ‘Be a Change Agent’ Project 

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.

Formative Evaluation of the Child Rights Monitoring Programme in Uzbekistan 2016-2018

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.

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.

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.