Publications

 

  

I've moved, my rights haven't''- towards a global action plan for children forced to flee
We live in a world in which 28 million children have been driven from their homes as a result of conflict, persecution and insecurity. If current trends continue, more than 63 million children could be forced to flee by 2025, of which over 25 million will cross borders and become refugees. At least 300,000 of these child refugees will end up alone, separated from their families. Without a step-change in the provision of education for refugee children, at least 12 million of them will be out of school by 2025.

This report has drawn attention to the unfolding crisis facing children forced to flee. The humanitarian system is already failing displaced children in many cases – with chronic under-funding of emergency responses in the countries of origin of millions of displaced and refugee children, and consistent deprioritisation of education and protection.Without a step-change in the way the international community deals with children on the move, the problem risks spiralling out of control.
Read the report 'I've moved my rights haven't'

 

'Elimu Kwanza!' - A brighter future for the children of DRC | Safe education for internally displaced children in the Democratic Republic of Congo


This publication assesses the quality of our education programmes in South Kivu, DRC. The evaluation utilises findings from interviews, focus groups, direct observations of school infrastructure and academic studies to gauge the effectiveness and relevance of our work in eastern DRC.

The report’s interim findings uncover tangible improvements in teaching provision and increased engagement with students. These improvements, we believe, help deliver additional benefits to conflict-affected communities - and serve to underline the importance of providing education in emergencies. Read the evaluation report.

'I can forgive now' - Evaluation study of War Child's psychosocial support intervention I DEAL

Despite growing evidence on the impact of psychosocial support interventions, there is an urgent need for a stronger evidence base on approaches that effectively support children affected by armed conflict. To contribute to this evidence base, and building on a pilot study conducted in Uganda in 2009, War Child conducted an exploratory outcome evaluation of its psychosocial support intervention ‘I DEAL’ in South Sudan and Colombia in 2012. The objective of the evaluation was to explore the outcomes that I DEAL achieves for children and the factors that influence the achievement of those outcomes to further inform and strengthen the intervention. Read the evaluation study

 

Psychosocial support in emergencies: critical for Syrian children
This report aims to provide Syrian children with a platform to make their voices heard. Their stories highlight the urgent need to address the psychosocial well-being of children affected by the Syrian civil war, and in all emergencies. Syrian children clearly identified the key conflict-related factors negatively impacting their psychosocial well-being, both from their experiences in Syria and in their new lives as refugees. When in Syria, they faced conflict-related risks and lack of protection from conflict violence. Both in Syria and as refugees in Lebanon, they lack access to education and recreation and struggle to cope with changes in their parents’ behaviour and support. They now want to feel safe, go to school, play outside and ‘be children’.
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War Child Holland: Evidence from the field 2013 
This publication is a collection of three submissions by War Child Holland to the Children and War Conference 2013. The submissions include a study on the reintegration of war affected children in five of our field offices, an examination of the detention of children and young people in East Jeruslam, and an assesment of our psychosocial intervention, I DEAL, in South Sudan. 
Read the paper: War Child Holland - Evidence from the field

DRC: Still no peace for Children 
Since the publication of War Child’s report ‘Lost childhoods: the continuing conflict in the Kivu provinces’ in November 2012, violence and unrest have continued unchecked in both North and South Kivu. This includes attacks on villages, looting, killings and sexual violence. The situation facing children is far from improving. In this updated briefing paper, War Child Holland calls on the UN to ensure that the intervention brigade prioritises the protection of children, and assist with the release and reintegration of child soldiers associated with armed groups operating in eastern DRC. 
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Lost childhoods: the continuing conflict in the Kivu provinces
November 2012
In this report we call for the protection of all children in the Kivu regions of the DR Congo. It describes their situation. The multitude of fighting groups – rebels as well as government troops – should adhere to the international standards for the protection of children in armed conflict.
Read the report ´Lost childhoods: the continuing conflict in the Kivu provinces

Syria - A War on Childhood
September 2012
The report demonstrates the severity of the impact the Syrian crisis is having on children in the country. It explores how the International Community and its legal instruments that are supposed to protect children in conflict - have failed those children just when they needed our help the most.
Read the English version made by War Child UK
Read the Dutch version
 Action research - Participatory PM&E tools 'I DEAL' intervention
June 2012
This case description elaborates on the pilot implementation of the innovative, participatory PM&E tools of War Child Holland’s psychosocial life skills intervention ‘ I DEAL’.The action research aimed to identify ways that work best for I DEAL facilitators to learn and act on basis of their PM&E.
Read 'Action research summary - Participatory PM&E tools 'I DEAL' intervention'
 Who knows best? Children do!
2011
This pilot study demonstrates how a research tool that is tailor-made for a specific target group and context, that stimulates children to fully participate in the monitoring and evaluation process, can serve at the same time the quality of the intervention and measure its effectiveness.
Read the report 'Who knows best? Children do!'
 War Child Holland Reference paper on Child Development
2006
This document describes and explains child development as briefly, yet comprehensively as possible. It should serve as an important resource and framework for all of WCH’s programming. It is best used in combination with the training module on child development.
Read the Reference Paper on Child Development
Read the French version 'Le developpement de l'enfant'
 Paper on Peacebuilding and Young people
August 2007
This management summary provides an overview of main understandings and findings from the State of the Art Paper on Peacebuilding and Young People. The text suggests how these findings relate to War Child policy and practice. It ends with a list of recommendations.
Read the summary of 'State of the Art - understandings, findings and recommendations - Peacebuilding and young people'
 State of the Art on Psychosocial Interventions
August 2007
War Child uses psycho social programmes to support children, youngsters and their environment in (former) war areas. There are many different way to angle such programmes. What are the angles we use? Which interventions are succesful and what is War Child's vision on psycho social programmes.
Read 'The state of the art - Psychosocial interventions with children in war-affected areas'
  

State of the Art on Education
August 2006
Education plays a huge part in the development of a child. It also plays an essential role in rebuilding a (former) war area. The children and grown ups with whom War Child works point out to us how important it really is. Which forms of education are there in the complex reality of (former) war areas. What role do educational activities play in the programmes of War Child, now and in the future? 
Read 'The State of the Art on education'


Kosovo Research
2006
War Child initiated an investigative report on the effects of the creative workshop cycle. Together with partner organisations we asked the children, their parents and their teachers about the effect of the workshops.
Read the research paper 'Effect-study Creative workshop cycle World Child Kosovo'

Uganda Research
August 2007
War Child realises the importance of partnering with collegues in the field and universities to research the effects of our interventions. In Uganda War Child worked together with World Vision on a research study for the University of Boston. This resulted in a publication in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
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 Sierra Leone Survey
2007
In Sierra Leone War Child focuses on the psycho social rebuilding of communities. In this report we state the problems with which children in the after war period in Sierra Leone are confronted with. And how the work of War Child responds to that. We state results the programme achieved, based on an extended research study among 1200 children and adults from six communities.
Read the research paper 'Survey Community based psychosocial programme War Child Sierra Leone 2005 – 2006'
 

Child Soldiers. The shadow of their existence
March 2007
This report outlines the know problems of child soldiers and the different forms of recruiting. The report zooms in on the Colombia situation and the motives with which Colombian children join these armed groups. Finally there's a list of actions that can be taken to change this situation and the contributions of War Child in these actions.
Read the report 'Child Soldiers. The shadow of their existence'

 

Education. Quality learning opportunities for children affected by armed conflict.
In 2011, War Child Holland, Child Helpline International, Free Press Unlimited, TNO and T-Mobile joined forces to form the Conn@ct.Now alliance. Together with local partners, Conn@ct.Now uses creative and innovative methods to enhance its child protection, education and psychosocial support projects.
Read the rapport