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Used terminology

Terms used in the activity pie chart

Capacity development training

All training courses that build the capacity of teachers, youth groups, Community Based Organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or governments in different subjects, such as a child rights or child protection training.

Case management / referral

Activity for children or young people who have been a victim of violence or abuse. War Child prefers to refer such children to local structures or services, and at the same time makes sure those services and structures do their job properly. When such services or structures simply don’t exist (yet) War Child sets up programmes to help children or young people directly.

Coaching/mentoring sessions

All sessions in which staff provides on-the-job guidance directly to children and youth, such as in youth club settings. This builds youth capacity to organise own activities, such as community theatre.

Life skills course

All courses for children and young people to enhance their ability to cope effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life (such as communication, social interaction, dealing with emotions and self-confidence).

Lobby action

Children or young people take action to lobby for their rights by influencing decision makers, mobilising local and national government officials, and influencing the development, implementation, and monitoring of laws and policies at local, national, and international levels, upholding children’s rights and enhancing their psychosocial well-being.

Organised functioning structure

Activity that supports the set-up of a structure to protect children, like Child Protection Committee in a community.

Public campaign / media action

Activities that raise awareness and change beliefs, intentions, attitudes, and harmful norms and practices in communities, and society as a whole, such as radio broadcasts, press releases, or newspaper articles.

Recreative event

All activities which allow children and young people to release tension, be active and have fun, like sports or dance. Participating in these events provide both an opportunity for children to express themselves, and a sense of normalcy after a conflict.

Vocational or other skills training

Children and young people are trained in vocational skills, such as carpentry, agriculture, sewing, or business skills such as loans and savings. These children and young people are usually unable re-enter regular schooling, and are given the opportunity to start a small business and make an income for themselves.

IDEAL methodology: a theme-based creative life skills programme for various target groups:


In a series of workshops children and young people develop life skills and strengthen their psychosocial well-being. I DEAL consists of theme-based modules about emotions, conflict and peace, relations with peers and adults, and the future.

Parents DEAL

Parents groups run parallel to the I DEAL groups and are for caregivers of I DEAL participants. The parents participate in groups separate from the children they care for, and discuss themes such as child development, parent-child relations, friendship, and conflict resolution.


This workshop cycle addresses topics that are of particular concern or interest to an older age group (adolescents and young adults) such as gender relations, rights and responsibilities, and leadership skills.


This workshop cycle focuses on topics particularly relevant to girls and young mothers such as parenting skills, child development, and relations with peers and men.

Life skills

Adaptive and positive behaviour that enable individuals to cope effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life (such as communication, social interaction, dealing with emotions).

Livelihood skills

Essential skills for young people to create a means of economic support or subsistence (such literacy and numeracy, vocational skills, ICT and media skills).

Other terms


Activities to positively influence duty-bearers at local, national and international levels to protect, respect, and fulfil children's rights. Target groups are state actors; parents and caregivers; (para) professionals; civil society organisations; donors; and actors at the international level (e.g. UN). Common activities are: monitoring and reporting on child rights violations, public campaigning, and awareness events in communities and through various media.

Capacity Building

Building the skills of local actors to fulfil the rights of children. These actors include parents, caregivers and other key adults; (para) professionals, such as teachers and counsellors; services and structures such as School Committees; local (partner) organisations, and government actors (local, district, and national public officials). Common capacity building activities are: training; (on-the-job) coaching and mentoring; the development of policies, guidelines and tools.

Direct services

Activities that directly address gaps in the fulfilment of children's rights, implemented for children and young people, such as: life skills courses for children; basic education activities; (recreative) events; case management and referrals; and the establishment of (child friendly) community spaces.


War Child employees working in a country of which they are not a citizen.


Medefinancieringsstelsel II is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs grant framework for Dutch civil society organisations.