In 2019 Coram International was contracted to conduct a situation analysis of children in the ten ASEAN member states (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam). The analysis and report first considers progress in the region in the 30 years since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the child across health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, education, child protection and social protection. It then moves on to consider remaining challenges, emerging issues and opportunities in the early years (early moments matter), in the context of environment (safe and sustainable environment) and in adolescence (adolescent potential unleashed), particularly in light of the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda. The report concludes with recommendations for future action. The final report is available via this link.

In 2017-18, Coram International carried out a situation analysis of women and children for UNICEF Philippines. The consultancy included the development of a national situation analysis and a separate report on the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. The situation analyses provide a comprehensive assessment of the situation of children in the Philippines and in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao covering nutrition, health, water, sanitation and hygiene, education, child poverty and inequality, and child protection, along with an analysis of the causes of key rights deprivations and core barriers and bottlenecks to the full realisation of children’s rights. The study involved an analysis of existing quantitative data, laws, policies, reports and other literature and in-country qualitative data collection in Manila and Cotobato City, through a series of key informant interviews and workshops with key stakeholders. The reports aim to support national planning and development processes and to contribute to building an evidence base on disadvantaged boys and girls. The reports developed implications for policy and programming based on the key findings.

In 2016/17, Coram International was contracted by Plan France to undertake a study into ‘Gender, Youth Economic Empowerment and Internal Economic Migration in Vietnam and Philippines’. The study investigated the experiences of young women (and men) who migrate internally in Vietnam and the Philippines, to uncover the key push and pull factors that are driving youth internal migration, to identify problems and risks faced by young migrants, and to analyse the potential for law, policy and programming to mitigate the challenges faced by migrating youth in both countries. The study addressed these overall objectives by drawing on secondary analyses of existing evidence (desk review) and by conducting qualitative primary data collection in Vietnam and the Philippines. In-country primary data collection methods included focus group discussions with young migrants in ‘source’ and ‘destination’ communities of internal migration, as well as individual in-depth interviews with key stakeholders (i.e. policy-makers, experts, NGO staff, intermediaries, and community leaders). The report is available via this link.

In 2016, Coram International completed a study on the influence of the law on young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health services in the Philippines. 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, Malaysia and Nepal. The Philippines study explores legal and policy barriers to young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, using qualitative and quantitative methods, and provides recommendations for legal and policy reform. The study followed a previous multi-country pilot study for IPPF carried out in five case study countries: El Salvador, Senegal, England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The final report on the Philippines study can be found here

In 2013, Professor Carolyn Hamilton and Coram International conducted a mapping and analysis of national legislation related to violence against children in each of the ten ASEAN Member States (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam). This mapping and analysis compared national legislation to international laws, standards and best practices, including the recommendations and findings from UNICEF’s Violence Against Children Study. The project included a detailed comparison across the ten ASEAN Member States, highlighting common issues, concerns, or successes and making recommendations for legislative reform.