From Evidence To Action

The adoption of the post-2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) makes Know Violence in Childhood's work very timely. Policymakers who are making the case for preventing childhood violence will now require extensive data and documentation. Know Violence in Childhood, with a unique body of researchers and academics, will be in a strong position to provide the evidence. As the research findings are finalised, the Initiative will spearhead diverse activities for evidence-based advocacy.

Roundtables

Regional and sectoral roundtables

Regional and sectoral roundtables

Regional roundtables bring together key actors and policy makers across different sectors and countries to share the Initiative's learning and engage in concrete action towards violence prevention. They also help establish and strengthen global networks that beyond the life of the Initiative will continue to advocate for investments and actions to prevent violence in childhood.

In 2015, Know Violence in Childhood organised two roundtables. The first, in July in Brazil, for Latin America focussed on homicide and was organised with the Brazilian Forum for Public Safety along with a higher education institution the Fundação Getúlio Vargas. The second, in September in Kazakhstan for Central Asia, focussed on the institutionalisation of children and was organised with the regional office of Penal Reform International. Agendas, reading and discussion materials can be found here.

In April 2016, the Initiative organised a regional roundtable in South Asia, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in collaboration with South Asia Initiative to End Violence against Children (SAIEVAC). Experts from the region discussed the issue of violence experienced by children in the schooling process, and identified emerging lessons from work done across the region by governments and civil society organisations to prevent violence in schools. The summary of key messages agreed by participants of this meeting is available for download.

In May 2016 in Florence,Italy, the Initiative organised its first sectoral roundtable on Social Protection and Childhood Violence in collaboration with UNICEF Innocenti. This roundtable focusedon the various ways social protection programmes can support violence reduction objectives. The roundtable identified some key pathways of impact for social protection programmes to reduce childhood violence but also highlighted the limitations in the available evidence and recommended further investment in developing better methodologies for measurement and impact evaluation. The workshop materials including agenda, concept note, participant list and presentations can be found here.

Partnerships

Strategic advocacy partnerships

Strategic advocacy partnerships

Know Violence in Childhood has initiated strategic partnerships with a number of advocacy organisations to help them to better understand and utilise its research findings and deliver evidence-based messages and recommendations. The Initiative will work closely with the recently launched Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children. The Initiative also works closely with the UN Special Representative to the Secretary General on Violence against Children, who is a member of the Steering Committee. In the coming months, the Initiative will partner closelywith other global organisations.

Know Violence in Childhood is now featured by Twitter as one of its safety partners in International Child Protection alongside organisations and peers such as ECPAT. In addition, Twitter has accorded the Initiative's social media handle with a verified badge. As a featured partner, Twitter will help promote Know Violence workshops, roundtables and events; produce co-branded handbooks and safety manuals to prevent violence perpetrated online.

Targeted opinion leader outreach

Participation in global events

Know Violence in Childhood in collaboration with the World Bank, the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children and UNICEF, organised a high-level panel, Childhood Violence, Fragile Societies: The Case for Investing in Violence Prevention at the World Bank Group Fragility, Conflict and Violence Forum in Washington, DC, USA on 3 March 2016. Experts who spoke at this event included: Lieutenant-General, the Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire (Retd), Founder, the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldier Initiative; Cornelius Williams, Associate Director, Child Protection, Program Division, UNICEF; AK Shiva Kumar, Global Co-chair, Know Violence in Childhood; and Susan Bissell, Director, the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children. The session was moderated by Charlotte Vuyiswa McClain-Nhlapo, Global Disability Advisor - Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience, the World Bank Group. The event witnessed a packed house and was recognised by the conference organisers to be "one of the top 5" events (apart from the Plenary Sessions) from the 600 that were organised.

Know Violence in Childhood leadership participated in the Sixth High-Level Cross-Regional Round Table by UNSRSG on Violence Against Children on the Prevention and Elimination of Violence against Children in Stockholm, Sweden from 30 May – 1 June 2016. The Executive Director, Know Violence in Childhood, presented some emerging findings from the Initiative's learning so far and emphasised the importance of regional bodies in strengthening measurement related to the prevalence, forms and drivers of violence in childhood as well as investing in effective monitoring and evaluation so as to learn from experiences within and across regions.

The Forum on Global Violence Prevention organised a workshop, Identifying the Role of Violence Prevention in the Post-2015 Global Agenda, in Washington, DC,USA, from 12 – 13 May 2016 to explore and illuminate the ways in which violence prevention efforts fit into the global agenda. At the Forum, Thomas Abt, commissioned author, Know Violence in Childhood, and Senior Research Fellow and Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, Boston, USA, presented on kNOwing & measuring community violence. Click to access presentation and recording of the talk.

At the invitation of the CPC Learning Network, the Initiative’s Global Co-chair, AK Shiva Kumar, shared his reflections on preventing violence in childhood from a human development perspective at the Network's first biennial meeting held on 21 – 22 June 2016 at the Columbia University Medical Center, New York, USA. Representatives from Together for Girls, the UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti and CDC Uganda were co-panellists at the event.

Robert Muggah, Learning Group 3 Co-chair, Know Violence in Childhood, participated as a speaker at the Chicago Forum on Global Cities, USA; the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Medellin, Colombia; and the TED Summit in Banff, Canada in June 2016. At the Chicago Forum he drew attention to the relationships between urban violence and the vulnerability of children and adolescents to perpetration and victimisation. His talk is available here.

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Partners
  • KVIC Partners - Public Health Foundation of India
  • KVIC Partners -University of Delaware
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  • Benard Van Leer Foundation
  • Ikea Foundation
  • American Jewish world Service
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Oak Foundation
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