Innocenti Working Papers

The UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre (IRC) was created to strengthen UNICEF's research capability and to support its advocacy for children worldwide. The Working Papers (formerly Innocenti Occasional Papers), are the foundation of the Centre's research output, underpinning many of the Centre's other publications. These high quality research papers are aimed at an academic and well-informed audience, contributing to ongoing discussion on a wide range of child-related issues.


Governance and the Rights of Children

Policy, Implementation and Monitoring

Ensuring the proper functioning of public institutions is integral to good governance, yet ensuring and monitoring the requirements of human rights instruments is difficult and measurement of children’s rights even more so. This paper explores some of the factors which impede and promote the public sector responsibilities towards children. The purpose of this analysis is to seek methods of assessing the performance of governments in their roles as protectors of the rights of children according to their international commitments. That assessment must extend beyond simple procedural responses to demands and consider the performance of governments in providing services to children and in protecting their rights. The multiplicity of actors involved in the process is described and the related problems for cooperation and effective implementation considered.


Keywords: governance, non-governmental organizations, participation, evaluation, monitoring, Convention on the Rights of the Child, civil society organizations, implementation, government structures, legal systems
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