Heading into the last quarter of the year seems like a nice time to reflect upon partnerships and the various collaborations that make our work successful. At the heart of the CPC Learning Network’s mission is convening service providers, policymakers, and researchers to think about what we need to learn and to make it happen, and September has been a month with ample opportunity for reflecting with these groups. At the annual meeting of the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action held in Kampala, Uganda—for which the CPC Learning Network serves on the Steering Committee—we all agreed on the need to recommit ourselves to improving work for children and families affected by armed conflict. We are also working towards taking a socio-ecological, family centered approach to working for children affected by emergencies. The CPC Learning Network will help that inter-agency group to move forward on two specific fronts: first, we will co-lead with Save the Children the Assessment, Measurement, and Evidence Working Group, which is designing its strategy for the coming three years. The strategy will focus largely on making sure that measurement tools for ensuring improvements in children’s lives in humanitarian settings can be used quickly and accurately. We will also co-lead, with World Vision (and potentially others!), the Cash and Child Protection Task Force, which will both link with the Global Protection Cluster’s Cash and Protection Task Team and pursue its own child- and family-focused guidance for cash transfer programs. We also connected with the Child Protection area of responsibility of the Global Protection Cluster and were delighted to see the cluster coordinators working through how to take child protection in emergency programming to the next level.
Another important partnership that we are happy to promote is the INSPIRE Working Group, which we co-lead with the World Health Organization on behalf of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children. To spread the word about INSPIRE, we collaborated with Together for Girls and the Global Partnership to moderate a session at the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) Forum 2017, bringing together amazing activists from Bolivia, Uganda, and Pakistan to talk about what this framework means for their work. As we engage with local partners around the world, we are learning that this evidence-based framework aligns well with local realities in various settings, and we are excited to help guide the process of sharing it, adapting it, and making sure that the evidence is more robust than ever in our collective efforts to make the world a safer place for children. Onward!