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Promoting children's rights to end child poverty

Promoting child rights to end child poverty


Promoting child rights to end child poverty: Achieving lasting change through child-centred community development

Promoting child rights to end child poverty is Plan International's guide to rights-based programming. It sets out Plan International's rights-based approach - child-centred community development (CCCD) - and describes the intrinsic link between poverty and the denial of children's rights. 

The guide also identifies the 8 impact areas that Plan International works in, the key results that we aim to generate through the CCCD approach, and the implications for the way we assess the effectiveness of our programmes.

Executive Summary

Promoting child rights to end child poverty: Introduction

Plan International’s vision is of a world in which all children realise their full potential in societies that respect people’s rights and dignity.

As a global organisation with a presence in 51 developing countries, Plan International contributes significantly to making this vision a reality for many children around the world. We have the ambition to reach many more children and communities in the future and make an even stronger impact in their lives and the development of their countries. Child-Centred Community Development (CCCD) is Plan International’s main approach to make this happen. It is an approach that has evolved from over 70 years of experience in the field. It hinges on the strong, continued commitment of our staff throughout the organisation to the rights of all children.

Children active in claiming their rights

This Programme Guide defines CCCD as a Child Rights approach to tackling child poverty. It addresses the injustices and power imbalances at different levels of society that underlie child poverty and result in the violation of Child Rights. It is an approach in which children, families and communities are active and leading participants in their own development. Their empowerment plays a central role. Plan International’s role is to enable their voices to be heard as we assist them in defining their own long-term priorities. This is complemented by initiatives to bring about structural changes at the district, national, regional and global level.

This guide explains how Plan International’s programme initiatives around the world are linked, from community-level programmes in the field to Child Rights advocacy at the global level. In doing so, it highlights Plan’s leverage as a global organisation with a local presence.

The ambition of the Programme Guide is to clearly outline Plan’s Child Rights approach and set clear standards for a common understanding. It brings together our Board-approved Programme Framework and the associated Programme Effectiveness Framework and Programme Accountability and Learning System into a single, easy-to use guide.