What we do
We see a clear link between fulfilling children’s rights and ending child poverty. Every child has the right to be healthy, educated, protected, valued and respected in their own community and beyond.
In 2014, we worked with 86,676 communities. The areas in which we worked covered a population of 164.9 million people, including 81.5 million children (41.1 million girls and 40.4 million boys).
Our vision is of a world in which all children realise their full potential in societies that respect people's rights and dignity. And our vision of rights and opportunities for every child can only be realised by working together with communities.
We work in partnership with children, communities and other organisations to develop and run innovative programmes that transform lives across eight key areas: education; water and sanitation; sexual and reproductive health; early childhood care and development; disaster risk management; economic security; child protection and child participation.
As well as our ongoing programming, we work during and after natural disasters, emergencies and conflicts to respond to children’s immediate needs and protect their rights. We also work with local and national governments and global organisations to influence policies and laws that improve children’s lives.
How we work
All our work is rooted in decades of experience of local contexts, and our understanding of the needs and challenges of children and communities. Before taking any action, we listen to and learn from children and their families.
We work to ensure that girls and boys know their rights, and have the skills, knowledge and confidence to fulfil them. This approach inspires and empowers children and communities to create long-lasting change.
Together, we are transforming lives.