On behalf of the United Nations Child Protection Working Group, this task force explored ways in which international humanitarian actors can strengthen the national child protection and family welfare systems that exist in the countries where they work. Through research and learning projects, the work of this task force spanned the humanitarian emergency cycle—from the planning phases that include emergency preparedness and disaster risk reduction before natural disasters and conflicts through the early and mid-term recovery phases. The task force ultimately aimed to develop guidance to strengthen emergency responses so that they bolster, build upon, and complement national child protection and family welfare systems rather than acting in parallel to or undermining them.
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In 2014, the Task Force completed two projects. Plan International has led on two pilot projects in Pakistan and Nepal to generate learning about disaster risk reduction efforts that show promise for reducing children’s vulnerability in emergency settings. The CPC Learning Network Secretariat in collaboration with UNICEF is also completed a series of studies that examine perceptions of efforts to strengthen national child protection systems in a variety of humanitarian settings: the 2010 earthquake in Haiti; the 2011 post-electoral violence in Côte d’Ivoire; the protracted emergences in South Sudan and Palestine; and the 2012 floods that ravaged areas of the Philippines.