Communities in the Driver’s Seat

Lead Organization: War Child Holland
Partners: War Child Holland, Save the Children, Transcultural Psychosocial Organisation (TPO-Uganda), Ten Have Change Management, The Nomad Coach, Stichting Elva, Vandejong Creative Agency
Duration: November 1, 2019 – October 31, 2021
Goal: This project tests the feasibility of one bottom-up approach to child protection with two applications 1) community driven child protection and 2) stigma.
Highlight: The two applications are tested in two contexts, allowing for cross-learning, comparison and alignment.

About the project

Systematic and enduring child protection challenges demand new and effective approaches, particularly in volatile humanitarian contexts. Building on evidence that community-owned and community-driven approaches bring about improved outcomes, this project tests the feasibility of one bottom-up approach to child protection (community-driven approach to child protection in conflict-affected settings) with two applications 1) community driven child protection and 2) stigma. The two applications are tested in two contexts, allowing for cross-learning, comparison and alignment. The first approach is piloted in Colombia, with displaced communities in Choco. The second approach is piloted in Uganda, in refugee/host settings.

War Child Holland together with other NGOs such as Save the Children Netherlands, Transcultural Psychosocial Organisation (TPO-Uganda) and with private partners with expert knowledge on change management (Ten Have Change Management), coaching (The Nomad Coach), data science (Stichting Elva) and communications and design thinking (Vandejong Creative Agency), this consortium aims to produce evidence on standard community driven approaches which are easy to understand and implement, and yet adaptable to any humanitarian contexts. This allows for scale up and dissemination among the wider humanitarian community which will bring about increased relevance, impact and sustainability in the field of child protection.

Learning Questions

Main questions of this feasibility study:

  1. Can it work?
  2. How will it work?
  3. Does it have potential?

 

Underlying research questions are:

  • Acceptability: How do targeted individuals – humanitarian actors, community agents of change and community members – react to the approach?
  • Implementation: Can the intervention be fully implemented as planned and proposed?
  • Practicality: Which resources and competencies are required for delivery of the approach? This will be linked to the Business Model Canvas (BMC) or similar tool.
  • Unanticipated consequences: What positive or negative consequences may emerge?
  • Outcome measurement: What instruments exist to measure change at various target groups? What are local perceptions on outcome?
  • Adaptation: Which elements need modification prior to outcome evaluation?
  • Comparison: What cross-learnings will emerge? What are future alignment possibilities?

CONTACT US

Contact lead organization War Child Holland
Cibelle Chaocheva
E: cibelle.chaocheva@warchild.nl