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News & Features - July 2013

What is Child Protection?

Thursday 18th July 2013

Child ProtectionChildren are among the most vulnerable in emergency situations. Not only are their basic rights likely to be compromised, they also face a number of other risks, including becoming separated from their family, physical and mental stress and harm, abuse and recruitment into armed forces. Considering the specific experience and needs of children is therefore of prime importance in emergencies.

Child protection principles form the backbone of responding to the needs of children in these situations. The revised Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action outline 27 key principles for ensuring quality, accountable and professional support for children in emergencies.

This short video by the Child Protection Working Group provides an accessible introduction to what Child Protection means, why it is important, and how it is carried out in emergency situations.

RedR UK’s Children in Emergencies course has a strong focus on Child Protection, alongside sessions on Education in Emergencies, Nutrition in Emergencies, Children in Disaster Preparedness and Child-led Disaster Risk Reduction. These key themes combine into a class-room based but field-oriented simulation activity where participants new knowledge and skills are put to the test.

To find out more about Child Protection in Emergencies, visit the CPWG website here.

For more information about RedR UK’s Children in Emergencies course, next running from 2-6 September 2013, visit the RedR UK website here.

Photo credit:  UNHCR/N. Ng

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New funding for Global Development Innovation Ventures

Wednesday 3rd July 2013

Prime Minister David Cameron announced the launch of Global Development Innovation Ventures, which will find innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. It will test their successes and invest in the best performers - including entrepreneurs, academics and non-governmental organisations.

The British government will invest £50 million over five years in the new investment platform, which is expected to unlock further investment capital from both the private sector and other countries. The US government and impact investor Omidyar Network will also be founding partners of the new platform.

The Prime Minister said: " More than any time in history our world is being shaped by innovation, new ideas, new technologies and new companies. This is the story of the global economy.

Countries around the world have got to get this. Jobs and growth depend on it. We’ve all got to open up our economies to innovation, we’ve got to nurture new ideas, we’ve got to bend over backwards to attract the best and the brightest. A global race is underway and it is waiting for absolutely no one."

International Development Secretary Justine Greening said: " Britain has already supported groundbreaking technology around the world, from mobile banking in Kenya to GPS weather-warning systems in Bangladesh. We need a model that can build on these successes and make sure great ideas that can change the lives of the world’s poorest people get the investment they need.

This new organisation means that the UK will play a key role in kickstarting a new era of innovative, cost-effective development which can help deliver a safer, more prosperous world."

USAID Administrator Dr. Raj Shah said " We are proud to see that this model, born at USAID, has become a global tool for improving effectiveness in development. Our partnership with the UK and future investors will amplify our impact through the discovery of breakthrough technologies and approaches to help end extreme poverty."

Source: DFID Crown copyright

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