Strengthening and sustaining results for children and women in fragile, conflict-affected as well as climate and disaster-prone contexts
UNICEF through its 138 Country offices (CO) supports governments (especially at local level) and partners to reduce risk and strengthen resilience. To achieve this, UNICEF is currently increasing its focus on fragility and supports disaster risk reduction (DRR), climate change adaptation (CCA) and peacebuilding (PB) while also promoting a multi-hazard approach to Risk Informed Programming (RIP).
Climate change and environment
Disaster risk reduction DRR
Emergency and relief
- Children and women in fragile, conflict-affected, climate and disaster-prone contexts
- UNICEF national and local partners undertaking peacebuilding, humanitarian and development work
- UNICEF country and regional offices
- Enhance capacity of UNICEF COs, UN Community Teams (UNCT) and national and local partners in risk assessment, conflict analysis, and context and vulnerability analysis
- Support government and other partners, including line ministries and local government and DRR/CCA/PB platforms and processes, in policy development and programming (particularly advancing the findings of common risk analysis).
- Continued advocacy to further operationalise 2030 Agenda commitments in terms of risk and resilience.
- Supported nationally led implementation of DRR and peacebuilding programming in the field (36 countries implemented DRR programmes and 22 countries implemented peacebuilding programmes)
- Strengthened the comprehensive school safety agenda at national and global levels through support to improved safe school structures, school preparedness, and inclusion of DRR and climate change related topics in school curricula.
- Established technical capacity on DRR and wider risk and resilience in all regional offices.
- Influenced global policy agendas and frameworks to recognize the rights and vulnerability of children and the importance of basic social services
- Developed new guidance, tools on conflict analysis, conflict sensitivity and peacebuilding programming in 22 country offices and training for more than 550 staff.
- United Nations Children’s Fund
- National Governments (especially at local level), civil society, private sector and communities in key targeted countries.
- UN Working Group on Transitions and associated Task Teams on Conflict Prevention and the New Deal and the UN Senior Peacebuilding Group
- UNDP, DPKO, DPA, PBSO, PBF, PBC, WFP, UNHCR, UN Women, UNISDR
- Swiss Peace, Save the Children, Plan International, Child-Fund, World Vision
- World Bank, European Union, DFID, OECD/INCAF, International Dialogue, g7+
In 2015 governments, civil society, the UN and the wider international community agreed on a number of important goals and global policy frameworks. These are the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the conference on Financing for Development, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and the three high level reviews of the peace and security architecture and processes.
To meet these challenges, UNICEF has committed, including through its current Strategic Plan, to strengthen resilience and reduce the root causes of vulnerability to disasters and conflicts through the systematic application risk-informed programming and closer integration of humanitarian action, development and peacebuilding. UNICEF’s aim is that humanitarian and development programmes strengthen the resilience of communities and systems including by being informed by and addressing underlying causes of risk, including vulnerability and exposure, to disasters, fragility and violent conflict.
Reduced risk and strengthened resilience of children, their families and communities and systems in fragile, conflict affected, climate and disaster prone contexts.
Current priority countries are Syria, South Sudan, CAR, Niger, Yemen, Cape Verde, Malawi, Kenya, Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, Colombia, Guinea Bissau, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar and Mali
Results from previous phases:
With funding from the Government of Switzerland and other donors (especially the UK and the Government of the Netherlands), UNICEF has made significant progress over the last few years in strengthening its approach and capacity to deliver more sustainable results for children in conflict-affected, disaster-prone and fragile countries. Some of the key results achieved through the partnership to date include:
These gains to date have been significant, but to ensure continued progress, UNICEF needs support for a second phase to consolidate and mainstream new approaches and good practices with national and local partners and internally across the organization in a more systemic manner.
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United Nations Organization (UNO)
Various: DFID, Government of The Netherlands, U.S. Fund for UNICEF
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Strategic partners include:
|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 1'450'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 1'450'000|
Phase 2 01.07.2016 - 30.06.2019 (Completed)Phase 1 15.11.2012 - 31.12.2014 (Completed)