UNICEF Pacific has recently contracted Coram International to carry out a series of Situation Analyses (SitAn) in each of the 14 Pacific Island Countries, along with a regional Pacific overview. The SitAns will provide an update to the last full Situation Analysis exercise by UNICEF Pacific, which culminated in a set of 15 comprehensive reports published in December 2017. The reports will be developed in collaboration with sector leads from UNICEF Pacific and will include sections on issues of climate change and the impact of COVID-19. The team will also aim to create a reference document for government bodies and development partners to inform developments in law, policy and programming to support positive change for children. The SitAn will inform the development of UNICEF Pacific’s new five-year cooperation programme that will commence in 2023. It will also be used to input into the upcoming Common Country Analysis (CCA) of the new UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF).
In 2019, Coram International was contracted to develop a five-year National Youth Policy for Fiji, along with an action plan and monitoring and evaluation framework. The Policy includes seven strategic priorities (health and wellbeing; education, skills and employment; safety, protection and justice; environment and climate change; participation and empowerment; inclusion; and strengthening the enabling environment) and was developed following a consultative process. Coram International designed and carried out a number of consultations with youth, (I)NGOs and CSOs and representatives of key Government Ministries and agencies across the country in order to inform the development of the strategy. Following the development of the Policy, Coram International developed an action plan and M&E framework, setting out planned activities, lines of responsibilities, indicators and targets.
In 2016, Coram International was contracted by UNICEF Pacific to finalise Situation Analyses of Women and Children for 14 Pacific Island countries, including Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Coram International was also commissioned to draft a regional report, providing an overview of the situation of women and children in the whole Pacific region. In-country data collection was carried out in three of the Pacific Islands (Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji and Solomon Islands), with the aim of filling gaps in the existing evidence base. The 14 Situation Analyses cover a broad range of themes and issues pertaining to women’s and children’s rights, including health, nutrition, water and sanitation, education, child protection and social protection. The Situation Analyses provide an evidence base to inform decision-making across sectors that are relevant to the realisation of children’s and women’s rights. Furthermore, the reports are intended to inform UNICEF’s country programme strategies in the Pacific Islands.