In 2017, Coram International has been contracted by UNICEF Montenegro to conduct a formative evaluation of the child rights monitoring system in Montenegro for the period 2014-2017 and the development of UNICEF’s future child rights monitoring strategy. The overall purpose of the project is to review the processes, operating procedures, functions and substantive outputs of the child rights monitoring system, with a view to developing recommendations and lessons learnt to inform the development of UNICEF’s new country programme for 2017-2021. In line with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development/Development Assistance Committee Principles for Evaluation of Development Assistance, the evaluation assesses the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and (to the extent possible) likely impact of the child rights monitoring system, and the implications for the development of UNICEF’s future strategy in this area. In addition, the evaluation pays specific attention to inter-sectoral coordination, and gender and other equity-based considerations. The evaluation is being carried out in line with UNEG/UNICEF norms and standards for conducting evaluations and UNICEF’s Global Evaluation Reports Oversight System framework.
In 2015, Coram International was contracted by UNICEF Montenegro to analyse national laws for compliance with the Optional Protocol on sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography to determine where the legal gaps exist and to provide technical assistance to the Government in terms of draft amendments to ensure full implementation of the Optional Protocol.
Coram International conducted a final external evaluation of the EU funded Justice for Children project (2012-2014) for UNICEF Montenegro in 2014. The evaluation assessed the relevance, effectiveness, impact, efficiency and sustainability of the reform project. The evaluation further aimed to reveal good practices and identify lessons to be learnt and provided recommendations aimed at furthering the juvenile justice system reform process in Montenegro.
In 2014, Coram International assisted UNICEF and the Government of Montenegro to review the Family law of Montenegro taking in to consideration international children’s rights standards. Stakeholder meetings were held discussing how the law may be further aligned with international standards and the CCLC provided recommendations for reform.