Governance is crucial piece to the measurement of the extent of child rights violations and understanding of the drivers behind the marginalisation of children and youth that leads to such violations. All sectors need a governance system in place, and those areas that lack governance can lead to flawed approaches and decision-making, minimal social or cultural understanding, and poor economic choices and illicit financial flows.

Coram International works to assess and reform governance systems in line with international child rights laws and best practices.

Governance analysis

Our team of experts are skilled in analysing current government or organisational processes across numerous relevant sectors including health and education. We are able to provide an overview of gaps in the system, ways of streamlining processes and recommendations on what to focus on in order to improve children’s rights and prospects in each location.

Issues that we have regularly found that relate to the violations of children’s rights include a lack of capacity or political will, insufficient budget allocations, staff with minimal or no training, and poor communication between different key stakeholders. As well as assessing current situations, we are also able to assess the implementation of national strategies, policies and plans of action focused on the rights of children and youth.

Governance reform

As laws and policies change over time, and new best practice methods are understood, governance must then in turn undergo reform. Whether it is in response to governance analysis or to new legislation implementation, our team are available to support the reform process from inception to delivery.

Coram International has cross-sectoral experience of governance reform, and can provide technical advice to government agencies and external organisations alike.

Coram International has conducted legislative and policy assessments in various countries around the world in light of best practices to suggest governance reform. Some examples include Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh, Moldova, Bahrain, Ukraine, Montenegro, Palestine and Tanzania.