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Breaking the Mould: Alternative approaches to monitoring and evaluation

Posted By: • September 25th, 2019

A recent ALNAP Scoping Paper found that the principle use of information generated by monitoring systems in many humanitarian agencies is to compile reports for donors. Using that same information to inform project-level decision-making and learning sometimes looks like an after-thought. This will come as no surprise to some. Traditional monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems have often been criticised for focusing too heavily on donor accountability at the expense of the types of reflection and learning that can improve project level decision-making . This echoes longstanding concerns about the limited use of evaluation systems both inside the humanitarian sector and outside of it . And it mirrors wider questions about when and how evidence of all forms is actually used in decision-making. Read More

Beyond the Numbers: How qualitative approaches can improve monitoring of humanitarian action

Contributed by a member of the RISE Community • September 25th, 2019

A recent ALNAP Scoping Paper found that many humanitarian agencies still struggle to apply qualitative approaches to monitoring. Previous research has also highlighted the persistent challenges that humanitarian practitioners face in the capture or use of qualitative monitoring data These challenges have manifested themselves in two ways. On the one hand organisations see qualitative approaches as cheap and quick and the data easy to collect. They rely on just a few familiar methods which results in research design and sampling that is often of poor quality. On the other hand, practitioners often express that they lack the confidence, skill and time to analyse and report qualitative results. Read More

Back to the Drawing Board: How to improve monitoring of outcome.

Contributed by a member of the RISE Community • September 25th, 2019

Measuring the results of humanitarian action is extremely important. It Is essential for any assessment of whether a humanitarian agency’s projects and programmes are achieving what they set out to achieve, and whether they are having unintended consequences on the lives of people affected by crisis. Read More

Niñas Soldado: Un Fenómeno Invisible Pero Existente.

Contributed by a member of the RISE Community • September 10th, 2019

La utilización de niños y niñas en conflictos armados no es algo nuevo. Desde que el informe Machel dio visibilidad al problema hace veinte años, muchos han sido los documentos que han abordado el impacto y las terribles repercusiones de los conflictos en la infancia. Sin embargo, a pesar de esta denuncia, a cifra de niños y niñas que se ven envueltos en este problema va en aumento, no cesa, porque continúa denunciándose que más de 300000 niños y niñas participan actualmente de manera directa o indirecta en conflictos armados a lo largo del planeta. En este documento haremos un repaso de algunas de las voces que han expuesto no sólo el problema en sí mismo, sino también sus consecuencias tanto físicas como psicológicas, y que ponen de manifiesto que el fenómeno de los niños soldados, especialmente en el caso de las niñas, es un problema al que la comunidad internacional no sabe como poner fin a día de hoy. Read More

Niños Soldados: Una Aproximación Global Y De Género a Un Fenómeno Complejo

Contributed by a member of the RISE Community • September 10th, 2019

El fenómeno de los niños soldado es complejo por lo opaco de su naturaleza. No sabemos con certeza el volumen de niños soldado soldados al que nos enfrentamos, como no sabemos exactamente cuáles son los motivos que los impulsan a alistarse o qué fuerzas o grupos armados los reclutan ni para qué tareas, por lo que tratar de darle una solución se antoja una ardua tarea. La opacidad de este fenómeno se aprecia desde el inicio de la búsqueda de información. Read More

La Reintegración De Los Niños, Niñas Y Adolescentes Victimas De Reclutamiento Ilicito a La Vida Civil en Los Procesos De Desvinculación.

Contributed by a member of the RISE Community • September 10th, 2019

Este artículo revisará la postura constitucional, legal y jurisprudencial, sobre el tratamiento de los niños, niñas y adolescentes que han sido reclutados o han ingresado a las filas de las FARC, en razón al conflicto armado no internacional que enfrenta Colombia; situación por la cual el Estado ha tenido que generar mecanismos idóneos y eficaces para combatir ese flagelo en cumplimiento de los convenios internacionales suscritos, que imponen desarrollar políticas públicas para restablecer los derechos de esas víctimas del conflicto armado y reintegrarlos a la sociedad civil, proporcionando herramientas amparadas en todas las disciplinas sociales, técnicas y jurídicas que impliquen desarrollar el principio de Interés Superior que cobija a los niños, niñas y adolescentes y contribuyan al cumplimiento de los postulados del Estado Social de Derecho. Read More

Practical Guide: To foster community acceptance of girls associated with armed groups in DR Congo

Contributed by a member of the RISE Community • September 9th, 2019

Guided by previous research by Child Soldiers International, recommendations to the DRC made by the Committee on the Rights of the Child, and consultations with Congolese NGOs, Child Soldiers International developed a project to assess the effectiveness of release, psychosocial recovery and reintegration programmes (DDR) for girls under the age of 18 associated with armed groups in eastern DRC. As part of this project, a research team spent six weeks in South Kivu, North Kivu and Haut-Uélé in early 2016, and interviewed 150 girls formerly associated with armed groups, as well as 84 members of community-based child protection networks (known as “RECOPE” in French), 12 teachers and school principals, 8 religious leaders, 46 DDR actors and 14 local authority officials. The study sought to shed some light on the extent to which girls benefit from DDR programmes, and on the appropriateness of the support where it was received – primarily from the point of view of the girls themselves. Read More

Why 18 Matters: A Rights-Based Analysis of Child Recruitment

Contributed by a member of the RISE Community • September 9th, 2019

As of April 2018, more than four fifths (167) of states worldwide have now committed in law to ‘take all feasible measures’ not to use children under the age of 18 in armed conflict or any other hostilities. Two-thirds of states with armed forces have further committed to the so called ‘straight-18’ standard: no recruitment of children for any military purpose. The remainder have yet to reach this standard, continuing to capitalise on the failure of international law to forbid recruiting children from age 16. Read More

What the Girls Say: Improving practices for the demobilisation and reintegration of girls associated with armed forces and armed groups in Democratic Republic of Congo

Contributed by a member of the RISE Community • September 9th, 2019

This report presents the findings of research conducted by Child Soldiers International to assess the effectiveness of release, psychosocial recovery and reintegration interventions (commonly referred to as ‘DDR’) for girls associated with armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). More specifically, it seeks to shed some light on the extent to which girls have been reached by DDR programmes, and on the appropriateness of this support where it was offered, mostly from the point of view of the girls themselves. It is important to note that the objective of the report is not to provide an overall assessment of all DDR programmes for girls in eastern DRC, but to convey the perspective of girls formerly associated with armed groups in exploring and exposing some of the reasons why many are still not receiving appropriate assistance. Read More

Mecanismos de Retroalimentación Adaptados a la Niñez: Guía y Kit

Contributed by a member of the RISE Community • August 30th, 2019

Uno de los compromisos fundamentales de Plan International en el marco de la acción humanitaria es la rendición de cuentas. Nos enfocamos en proteger la dignidad, la supervivencia y la recuperación de las comunidades afectadas por las crisis. Escuchamos a los niños y niñas, a los jóvenes y a sus comunidades, y aplicamos las normas más estrictas para preservar su seguridad siempre que trabajamos con ellos. Nuestra acción humanitaria se rige por la Norma Humanitaria Esencial en materia de Calidad y Rendición de Cuentas. Read More