Program Contribution to the Alliance Terre des Hommes Schweiz-Suisse 2021-2022
Terre des hommes schweiz and Terre des Hommes Suisse have formed an alliance to pool their expertise to address the root causes of exclusion and vulnerability of children and young people. tdh schweiz is competent in participatory approaches for young people and focuses on promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights, a culture of peace and sustainable livelihoods. TdH Suisse has a strong expertise in the integrated promotion of the right to participation, protection against exploitation and violence, and education, including education for sustainable development.
A quarter of the world’s population are children and young people. Almost 90% of them live in developing countries.
An estimated 262 million school-age children, adolescents and youths are denied access to education, an estimated 15 million adolescent girls experience forced sex and 12 million girls under 18 are married each year.
Globally, 25% of adolescents are affected by violence or armed conflict. Almost one in ten children are in child labor.
Fragile countries like Burkina Faso and Mali are among the 10 countries in the world where childhood is most threatened and the right to education is no longer protected. Likewise in Latin America, activities of armed groups are on the rise while the rule of law is eroding.
Due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, children and young people are at risk of being one of its main victims. Up to 1.6 billion children and young people have been affected by school closure, secondary health effects and increased protection risks.
The Alliance has built a rapid and context adaptive response to the COVID-19 crisis, focusing on the key aspect of its expertise.
|Objectives||To empower children and youth as agents of change for child rights and sustainable development.|
Children, young people and civil society organizations are able to promote child rights and sustainable development.
Children and young people from marginalized and vulnerable groups have enhanced opportunities to continue and complete inclusive quality education.
Children and young people at risk and/or victim of discrimination, violence and exploitation benefit from protective environments and/or are empowered as agents of change promoting a culture of peace and non-violence.
Youth access health services incl. psychosocial support and manage sexually transmitted infections, HIV and teenage pregnancy and gender-based violence survivors access medical, legal and psychosocial support.
Youth have improved their livelihoods through (self)-employment or agro-ecological production.
In its efforts to create a mechanism to measure the impact of awareness-raising activities, TdH Suisse worked with the University of Geneva. By the end of 2019, an inventory of existing tools and methods was drawn up and a questionnaire for observing students was developed. The questionnaire will be distributed to primary school in the canton of Geneva as part of a pilot study.
In 2019 a video summarizing the theory of change in gender-based violence prevention and the use of psychosocial support approaches was produced. Expertise and best practice in these areas were broadly shared (e.g. thematic publications, SDC networks, public cinema events).
A PSEAH policy was adopted in 2020. Relevant management instruments for prevention and management of cases including a system of ombudspersons were introduced.
Results from previous phases:
In 2019 242’260 people (135’515 females), including 164’370 children and young people (87’000 girls) benefited from measures to protect and / or promote children’s rights in West Africa, Haiti, Latin America and India. 80% of the children and youth targeted in developing countries reported in 2019 an improvement of their living conditions.
In 2019 TdH Suisse supported capacity development of children, youth and local organizations in in 9 countries. As a result children and youth beneficiaries of the program and 55 supported local CSOs have been more efficient in promoting sustainable development and defending child rights.
In Switzerland (2019) 84’310 people, including 41’730 children (20’465 girls) were sensitized about children's rights and solidarity.
tdh schweiz :
In 2019, 250’000 youths benefited from programs in 9 countries in Central and South America and Southern Africa. 400’000 community actors and 1’731 institutions were reached. 16’435 vulnerable youths in Southern Africa have been enabled to take care of their sexual and reproductive health, and 20’732 youth in Africa and Latin America to be active agents of change for ending violence. 2’205 youth in Peru, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Mozambique have been trained in vocational skills.
In Switzerland, awareness raising activities for equal rights, non-discrimination and education for sustainable development reached 60’000 young people between 2017 and 2019.
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|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 0 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 0 Budget inclusive project partner CHF 27’686’303|
|Project phases||Phase 8 01.01.2021 - 31.12.2022 (Current phase) Phase 7 01.01.2019 - 31.12.2020 (Completed) Phase 6 01.01.2017 - 31.12.2018 (Completed) Phase 5 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2016 (Completed) Phase 4 01.01.2013 - 31.12.2014 (Completed)|