Upcoming developments in War Child project countries
In Afghanistan fundraising is a priority in order to secure more funds for the programme and reduce the percentage of funds spent on coordination. The programme will focus on psychosocial support and incorporation of War Child’s DEALS methodology. This includes training of partners on DEALS and mainstreaming it in all programmes War Child is supporting.
In Burundi we will focus on the consolidation of the Conn@ct.Now programme and strengthen the community approach in three provinces. Fundraising will be intensified to diversify funding sources.
In Colombia, War Child will work on expansion in conflict-affected departments such as Cauca and Chocó. We will expand War Child’s DEALS methodology in most projects. We will also explore the possibilities for private fundraising in Colombia and our team will host a visit from Dutch Radio 538 DJs.
In DR Congo we will strive for further expansion in Kalehe and start up more projects that respond to emergencies. The new Partnerships for Peace Project funded by the European Commission will start in 2013. ICT tools will be integrated in new projects, linking DR Congo with the Conn@ct.Now programme.
Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories
The new country strategy will be implemented and a new European Commission project will start. As a consequence of the new strategy some partners will be phased out, and new partners will be selected, with a focus on most affected areas such as West Bank and Gaza. We will start a partnership with Right To Play, with joint grant proposals pending at the European Commission and already awarded by the Dutch Postcode Lottery.
Partner organization Nabaa will start the first helpline ever in a refugee camp (Ain Al Helweh), supported by War Child. The Syria crisis will lead to intensified fundraising and an expansion of support for Syrian refugees in Lebanon (south of Beirut, northern Lebanon, Palestinian refugee camps) and potentially in Jordan (in cooperation with War Child UK and War Child Canada). At the same time, we are exploring the possibility to start interventions in Syria through local organisations.
The new South Sudan country strategy will be finalised early 2013. The focus lies on extremely vulnerable children by strengthening formal basic education and alternative learning opportunities and participatory multi-media and social activation.
In Sri Lanka the major objectives for 2013 are to conduct an outcome measurement baseline study with four partner organisations, to implement War Child’s psychosocial programmes IDEAL, Big DEAL and Parents DEALs in all locations and explore the option of developing Teacher’s DEAL. Identifying private and institutional fundraising in and out of the country is on the agenda, as is continuing the registration process in Sri Lanka with the recommendation letters received from agents in each district government.
In Sudan we will use 2013 to transition from a combination of direct implementation and working with partners, to a complete partnership-model programme. War Child will work in communities recently affected by armed conflict, continue to work with Internally Displaced People (IDP) and continue to be innovative with a number of projects including strong ICT and Media development.
In Thailand we will work in refugee camps with refugees from Myanmar. Projects will initially focus on psychosocial support and youth engagement activities. A Child Rights Situational Analysis will be done at the start of the programme to further inform programming in the camps and in Myanmar in case people will be returning.
In Uganda a full rollout of two new DEAL modules (Risks of Alcohol Abuse and Sexual and Reproductive Health) is planned and the rollout of new monitoring and evaluation tools for DEALS is on the agenda. The Move Forward project, a programme targeting sex workers, will be scaled up and expanded to Pader district, after it has been implemented for a number of years in Gulu district. A number of projects and interventions that have been implemented successfully, like Building Skills (a combination of life skills, vocational skills, business skills and apprenticeships), QEIP (quality improvement plan in schools), and youth-led sports approaches will be documented in such a way that they are ready for use in other regions and programmes. A mid-term review of the strategy will take place to redefine the remaining two years of the strategy.
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