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Annual Review 2013

Overview

Plan International’s strategy to 2015 has one goal: to reach as many children as possible, particularly those who are excluded or marginalised. In 2013, we made some positive strides towards achieving this goal, not least of which was the deal reached on the EU’s long-term budget

Throughout 2013, Plan continued to call for children’s rights to be included as a priority in the Development Cooperation Instrument – the primary source of aid to developing countries – as well as the prioritisation of key sectors such as health and quality basic education. 

In 2013 we also continued to raise awareness of the double discrimination faced by girls, particularly through our annual European Week of Action for Girls.

Finally, 2013 was a crucial year in the negotiations on the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, which we followed very closely. We were active in calling for children and young people’s rights to be at the heart of the future framework

Executive Summary

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The negotiations on the EU’s seven year budget, running from 2014 to 2020, came to an end after almost three years of intense work and debate among EU institutions and with civil society. In the context of ongoing austerity, the outcome could have been much worse for development and humanitarian aid. Throughout 2013, Plan continued to call for children’s rights to be included as a priority in the Development Cooperation Instrument – the primary source of aid to developing countries – as well as the prioritisation of key sectors such as health and quality basic education. Children constitute more than half of the population in most developing countries, and investment in health and basic education is proven to be one of the most powerful tools in breaking the cycle of poverty. We were therefore thrilled to see these included in the final deal, and we look forward to working with Plan offices around the world to ensure this is reflected in the EU’s work on the ground.


Aside from the EU budget, we continued to raise awareness of the double discrimination faced by girls, particularly through our annual European Week of Action for Girls. It was great to see the EU and UN take this issue seriously, proving themselves to be strong allies in the fight to promote and protect girls’ rights. With millions of girls currently denied an education by the daily realities of poverty, violence and discrimination, the European Parliament sent a strong signal that it acknowledges every girl’s right to learn in a safe and supportive environment by awarding the prestigious Sakharov Prize to Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai.


Finally, the clock is ticking on the Millennium Development Goals, and 2013 was a crucial year in the negotiations on the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, which we followed very closely. We were active in calling for children and young people’s rights to be at the heart of the future framework, and we will continue to work with the European Commission and EU Member States to ensure that education, gender
equality and women and girls’ empowerment, decent jobs and child protection, receive special attention in the post-2015 agenda.

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