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We are at the cutting edge of legal and social policy around the world

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

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.

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.

News

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.

Summer Barbeque with the Foreign Press Association 

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.

Click here to see more photos from the event.

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.

Promoting and Protecting the Rights of Children: A Formative Evaluation of UNICEF’s Child Protection Programme in Cambodia

Professor Dame Carolyn Hamilton, Elizabeth Yarrow, Kara Apland and Dr Anna Mackin

Coram International recently conducted a formative evaluation of UNICEF’s child protection work in Cambodia. The objective of the evaluation was to provide evidence that can help strengthen performance and accountability with UNICEF’s work with the Royal Government of Cambodia and other authorities and organizations involved in child protection. The evaluation has reviewed results of the Programme, assessed UNICEF’s leadership in the sector and examined linkages between outputs. It has also informed the development of a new theory of change to measure progress and contribute to the design of Cambodia’s new Country Programme 2019-2023.

Programme-Informing Evaluation of the 2014-2017 Child Rights Monitoring System in Montenegro and Planned Approach to CRM under the 2017-2021 Country Programme

Professor Dame Carolyn Hamilton, Awaz Raoof, Ruth Barnes and Jorun Arndt

In 2017, Coram International carried out a programme-informing evaluation of the child rights monitoring system in Montenegro and UNICEF’s planned approach to child rights monitoring reforms under the Country Programme 2017-2021. The evaluation was carried out according to OECD/DAC criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability, with the addition of two context-specific criteria; cross-cutting gender and equity considerations, and inter-sectoral coordination. The purpose of the study is for UNICEF, the Government of Montenegro, Parliament, Ombudsperson, civil society and academia to use the recommendations and knowledge produced by the evaluation to inform the development of joint-programming under the Country Programme 2017-2021.

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