The Partnership will strengthen collaboration among and between countries, and with civil society and other stakeholders. They will be encouraged to confront shared threats and develop shared solutions, acknowledging that violence against children cannot be considered in isolation from the broader context of violence. The Partnership will work with and supplement the efforts – but neither displace nor distort – the work of existing partnerships.
The universal nature of Agenda 2030 encourages countries to find new ways of cooperating and learning from each other. Although significant progress has been made in recent years, for example on standard setting, fragmentation remains an issue. An important role for the Partnership will be as a platform for transnational action and learning, and a forum for learning and for the dissemination of knowledge. Under this goal and related objectives, the Partnership will also aim to communicate the issues to a wide range of actors and stakeholders, facilitate coordination, including across sectors (health, education) and break down silos.
1. Support platforms for sustained transnational action and learning.
Children face growing threats that transcend national borders and that cannot be tackled by any government acting on its own. Countries can also learn from each other’s experience in protecting children from violence. The Partnership will support multiple platforms that facilitate transnational action and allow countries and other actors to learn from one another.
2. Serve as the global forum to facilitate and accelerate learning and mutual accountability, make recommendations for standard setting and report on progress.
At present, there is no international forum in which countries can work together to end violence against children. This has made it difficult to establish, strengthen and promote standards and norms; slows the dissemination of models and best practice from country to country; and has left the violence prevention and child protection fields fragmented and under-resourced. The Partnership will help address this vacuum and serve as the global forum for learning, standard setting and mutual accountability. It will also report on progress, in particular by governments.
3. Generate and disseminate knowledge, evidence and data.
Greater investment in knowledge, evidence and data is crucial to effective implementation and measuring progress; likewise, we urgently need to expand the evidence base on what works. The Partnership will advocate for significant increases in the generation and dissemination of relevant and timely knowledge and evidence. This will help strengthen strategies for ending violence against children and contribute to future iterations of the INSPIRE toolkit.