Children in Adversity E-Newsletter
Issue 7 – March 2014

Priority Country Updates


In support of the Action Plan’s Objective 1, Build Strong Beginnings, USAID’s mission in Cambodia has issued a Request for Application for its Integrated Nutrition, Hygiene and Sanitation Project, which emphasizes increased parent-/caregiver-level practices that support positive child development to address stunting and impaired cognitive development.

The mission is also in the process of recruiting a Children in Adversity coordinator (CAC). The primary responsibility of the CAC is to build a Cambodia Alliance for Children. The CAC will provide vision and leadership on the strategic and day-to-day activities of the Alliance and:

  • Support the USAID Mission Director and Deputy Mission Directors as senior leaders for the Action Plan and the Global Alliance for Children in Cambodia.
  • Establish a national steering committee and promote its engagement in critical thinking, strategic planning and resource/financial development.
  • Increase the diversity of funding sources, develop and oversee a funding strategy and ensure that funders’ requirements are met.


An interagency APCA delegation will be visiting Rwanda from March 10 to March 14, 2014. This is a scoping mission to assess whether Rwanda will be a candidate for inclusion in a group of priority countries mentioned in the Action Plan [PDF, 2.6MB]. The delegation will hold meetings with government officials, bilaterals, NGOs, FBOs and the private sector. Below is a list of departments, agencies and organizations that are part of this delegation.

  • USAID – Center of Excellence on Children in Adversity, Office of HIV/AIDS, and Displaced Children and Orphans Fund
  • Department of Labor – Bureau of International Labor Affairs
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • The Global Alliance for Children

Updates on the Action Plan on Children in Adversity

  • Objective 4: Strengthen Child Welfare and Protection Systems
  • Objective 5: Promote Evidence-Based Policies and Programs
  • Objective 6:Integrate Action Plan within U.S. Government Departments and Agencies

Global Alliance for Children

The U.S. Special Advisor on Children in Adversity, Dr. Neil Boothby, has spearheaded the effort to create a public-private partnership as called for in the U.S. Government Action Plan on Children in Adversity, to leverage resources outside of the U.S. Government. As a result of this effort, the Global Alliance for Children was inaugurated in November 2013.

No Lost Generation

Syrian refugee children walk in the Zaatari refugee camp, located outside the northern Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, on August 15, 2012.

More than 5 million Syrian children have been affected by the ongoing crisis in Syria. They have experienced the trauma of war and had their lives upended. No Lost Generation is a strategy spearheaded by international humanitarian organizations that will address the hidden impact of the Syrian conflict on children. It aims to expand access to learning and psychological support to the region’s children, strengthen social cohesion and peacebuilding and restore hope to millions of Syrian children who fear their future is slipping away.

Indicators of Child Deprivation in Sub-Saharan Africa: Levels and Trends from the Demographic and Health Surveys

A new comparative report by DHS examines disparities and illustrates changes in the prevalence of African children’s exposure to deprivation of basic human needs. This report covers deprivation in five areas: food, health, water and sanitation, shelter, and education; and reports on indicators of deprivation and trends in these indicators.

Objective 1: Build Strong Beginnings

Foreword to Every Child’s Potential: Integrating Nutrition and Early Childhood Development Interventions

The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science at the New York Academy of Sciences is pleased to present this collection of papers, which stems from a partnership with the Global Child Development Group to explore the critical question of how to optimize and fully integrate two highly complementary fields: nutrition and child development.

Objective 2: Put Family Care First

A Lost Boy Finds His Calling: Romanian Orphanage Survivor Hopes His Documentary Can Spare Children from Suffering

Photo of Izidor, a Romanian orphanage survivor.

More than two decades ago, Western journalists discovered a desperate underworld of abandoned children warehoused in unheated orphanages. The video of Romanian children in terrible conditions was shown on ABC’s “20/20” and spurred thousands of Americans to rush to save Romania’s forgotten children. Adoption freed Izidor Ruckel from his Romanian orphanage. But his physical and mental scars are not easily escapable. He picks up a camera – the tool that hastened his rescue – to try and spare others from suffering.

Objective 3: Protect Children from Violence, Exploitation, Abuse and Neglect

In Child Protection, Easy Solutions Are Rarely Real Solutions

Working in child welfare in developing countries, or any country for that matter, is not a particularly easy or simple task; in fact it is quite the opposite. Child welfare cases can contain a menagerie of issues, including health and hygiene, HIV, domestic violence, child labor, street living and/or working; the list goes on.

Learning and Resilience: The Crucial Role of Social and Emotional Well-Being in Contexts of Adversity

Students in a Healing Classrooms program in Herat, Afghanistan are made to feel safe, cared for and supported.

In contexts of violence and conflict where children and youth are disproportionately and uniquely affected, their resilience and social emotional well-being are essential to any postconflict long-term reconstruction, development process or long-standing peace. Social and emotional learning competencies often serve as the core competencies outlined in most programs intended to build social cohesion before, during and after crisis and conflict.

$3M Awarded to World Education by U.S. Labor Department for Youth Initiative in Uganda

Young girl servant washing dishes, Nepal.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs announced the award of a $3 million cooperative agreement to World Education to implement a project that addresses exploitative labor among youth under the age of 18 in Uganda. The project will provide training to youth to help them develop marketable skills and serve as civic leaders in their communities.

Reducing Child Labor in Haiti

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (USDOL/ILAB) has published a notice of intent (NOI) to solicit cooperative agreement applications for a potential project to combat child labor in Haiti. Subject to the availability of funds, USDOL/ILAB intends to award a cooperative agreement(s) for this project, through a competitive and merit-based process.

Objective 5: Promote Evidence-Based Policies and Programs

The State of the World’s Children 2014 in Numbers: Every Child Counts

Children at Bahadoub 2 school in Timbuktu, Mali. © UNICEF/PFPG2013P-0035/Harandane Dicko

A new report by UNICEF, The State of the World’s Children 2014 in Numbers: Every Child Counts, seeks to reveal disparities and advance children’s rights. Read how data continue to support advocacy and action on behalf of the world’s 2.2 billion children, providing governments with facts on which to base decisions and actions to improve children’s lives.

Early Childhood Development and Violence Prevention Experts Meet at ECD+ Workshop

On November 12, 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UBS Optimus Foundation brought together nearly 40 experts on early childhood development (ECD) and violence prevention (VP) to explore knowledge gaps and implementation priorities at the intersection of these two fields. The ECD+ Workshop took place just prior to WHO’s 6th Milestones in a Global Campaign for Violence Prevention meeting in Mexico City, Mexico.

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