The Rejuvenate project is delighted to invite you to our next virtual dialogue. This time we’ll be discussing evidencing participatory child rights work.
There are many of us who believe that we should push for the participation of children and youth, simply because it’s their right to be heard and included in decision-making. But there is also an argument to say that their participation contributes to better outcomes, not just for children and youth, but for whole communities.
How can monitoring and evaluation serve accountability to different stakeholders? Why do we measure what, for whom? And how can we include children and young people in these processes? Speakers will offer brief reflections followed by an open discussion with participants.
Tessa Lewin, Research Fellow, Participation, Inclusion and Social Change Cluster, Institute of Development Studies
Marina Apgar, Research Fellow, Participation, Inclusion and Social Change Cluster, Institute of Development Studies
Marina has over 15 years’ experience in exploring and building an evidence base for participatory methodologies and programming in response to complex challenges with marginalised people. Using her evaluation expertise, she applies systemic and power aware Participatory Action Research with reflexive Theory of Change to ask whether, how and for whom do participatory processes work, inviting reflection on if and how power is challenged and shifted through them. She leads the CLARISSA programme’s evaluation research on children’s participation.
Reece is an 18 year old South African advocate for children’s rights. Outside of participation in the #CovidUnder19 initiative, he has gained the attention of Nobel Peace Laureates and international universities for his project intertwining early childhood development and pollution as well as innovative ideas for childrens’ rights focused sustainable development. He currently works with international public sectors at Microsoft in Ireland, and will begin an undergraduate in politics at Trinity College.
Kristen Hope, Research, Advocacy & Participation Advisor, Terre des Hommes
Committed to fostering evidence-based, participatory practice and nurturing spaces of multi-disciplinary exchange, Kristen has worked in research and advocacy in the field of children’s rights and child protection, in both humanitarian and development contexts, for over a decade. Her focus has been on engaging with children, families, communities and governments to develop programmes that uphold children’s rights; prevent and respond to violence; and increase children’s access to justice. Kristen has coordinated a number of international, multi-agency advocacy initiatives, such as #CovidUnder19, as well as the child participation components of the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty and the 2018 and 2021 World Congresses on Justice with and for Children.