Our Plans for 2021

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated many grave threats to the safety and wellbeing of millions of children worldwide - particularly those already living with the effects of armed conflict. The challenges brought about by the pandemic will continue to be felt during 2021 and beyond. The need to innovate our practices and expand our reach is therefore more important than ever. 

This is why we will undertake a rapid review of our programming in 2021 to ensure our efforts remain relevant to children’s needs and result in maximum impact. The first quarter of the year will see a revised Theory of Change and adaptations to our Care System approach to ensure our work becomes ever more conceptually sound. 

The quality and relevance of our programme implementation will be strengthened further through renewed efforts to incorporate the essential standards endorsed by the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) Alliance.  

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Our Fast Aid methodology will become more deeply embedded in our programming in 2021. A start-up fund allowing for rapid response will be established and we will roll out additional context-specific tools and methodologies to increase our emergency readiness capacity.  

Significant effort will also be undertaken in 2021 to both strengthen and expand our global network of individuals, partner organisations and governments to bring quality programming to scale wherever urgent needs arise. This will see us develop a new Scaling Strategy during the first six months of the year. 

Our revised Advocacy ambition will aim to further the acceptance of our Care System approach and support the scaling of our programmes through mobilising partners in programme countries. We will also continue to advocate for increased action to place mental health at the centre of global humanitarian efforts.      

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Work to restructure our organisation to become a jointly owned global shared platform will continue. These efforts will eventually result in a horizontal organisation within which staff in our programme countries become central to all decision-making processes.  

All of these efforts will contribute towards increased opportunities for children and youth to build a better future - both for themselves and their communities.