with support from Norad
In May 2016, Plan International Norway signed a contract for a Framework Agreement Grant with Norad. The total grant amount is 176 000 000 NOK for a 4 year implementation period (2016-2019). The grant is supporting 16 projects, 10 in Africa and 6 in Asia.
Thematic areas covered in the projects:
- Education - with special focus on inclusion of girls, children with disabilities, and other marginalized children.
- Disaster risk management - including safe schools.
- Child protection - with a special focus on child marriage.
Civil society strengthening, gender equality, participation of children and youth, and inclusion of persons with disabilities are cross cutting themes in individual interventions.
Our main focus
The overarching focus of this initiative is to strengthen civil society actors as well as improve the environment in which they operate, with the goal of enhancing realization of children rights. Our premise is that a strong and independent civil society is an indispensable driver of sustainable development.
Major project themes within this Framework Agreement Grant include education with special focus on inclusion of girls, children with disabilities, and other marginalized children; Disaster Risk Management including safe schools; and child protection with a special focus on child marriage. Gender equality, participation of children and youth, and inclusion of persons with disabilities are cross cutting themes.
Implementation, monitoring and evaluation of individual projects will be done in collaboration with local government authorities, local civil society organizations, parents, youths and children.
Initiative seeks to mobilize civil society actors in the struggle against poverty and oppression
In tandem with the Norwegian government priorities, the initiative seeks to mobilize civil society actors in the struggle against poverty and oppression. This will be done through strengthening of organizational capacity and technical skills of local civil society actors in the places where respective projects will be implemented. This will enable them to become stronger drivers of children’s rights and development. Children, youths and local community members have been involved in planning for interventions within this Framework Agreement Grant.
Implementation, monitoring and evaluation of individual projects will be done in collaboration with local government authorities, local civil society organizations, parents, youths and children. These stakeholders usually have good knowledge of different issues within their context. Their meaningful participation will ensure that individual interventions respond to issues identified by them and that the strategies and methods used in implementation of interventions in question are adapted to individual contexts. Their involvement will also enhance achievement of results and sustainability of the same. Further, it will foster mutual learning and empowerment of all stakeholders, and will strengthen local ownership of individual interventions.
The initiative will also support Southern civil society organization’s national, regional and international work. This will include, but not be limited to facilitating cross learning between Plan International Norway’s partners and supporting their advocacy work. The latter will bring important development issues from our partner Program Countries to attention and discourse in Norway, at regional level and globally.
In line with priorities in The Norwegian Government’s White Papers
This initiative is in line with a number of priorities in The Norwegian Government’s White Paper 25 (2013-2014), titled, “Education for Development,” and White Paper 10 (2014-2015) titled, “Opportunities for All: Human Rights in Norway’s Foreign Policy and Development Cooperation.” Several individual interventions are designed to enhance quality as well as access and completion of education by children and youths. Special focus has been given to girls and children with disabilities, and on addressing the major barriers that hinder children from accessing and completing education such as traditional harmful practices and negative attitudes, as well as violence in and around schools. Children and youths with disabilities and girls are often disproportionately represented among those that have no access to education in areas where individual interventions will be implemented. They also face high risks of unemployment and poverty, and are often at risk of violence and child marriage. For instance, hundreds of thousands of school going children in some countries where individual interventions are being implemented, were deprived of their right to education during parts of 2014 and 2015 due to disasters like floods (Malawi), earthquakes (Nepal) and epidemics (Liberia). Education related interventions in several disasters prone countries focus on disaster risk reduction in the education sector, including disaster preparedness in schools. This is also in line with the Norwegian government’s priorities for supporting disaster risk reduction in the education sector as articulated in the white paper on Education for Development.
We work in line with International Human Rights conventions
Individual interventions are being implemented through a human rights-based approach in line with International Human Rights conventions, as well as relevant Plan International’s and Norad’s guidelines and principles. Some of these include strengthening the capacity of primary duty bearers in order to enable them to meet their obligation to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of their citizens. We will also enhance the capacity of right holders to demand their rights. This will contribute to realization of rights, especially those of children, including children with disabilities.
Plan International Norway has developed a new operating framework through close collaboration with Plan International Nepal, Plan International Zimbabwe, and the communities where these 2 Program Countries operate. Implementation of projects within the Framework Agreement Grant will be guided by this operating framework. The framework is well aligned with Plan International’s Child Centered Community Development (CCCD) standards and principles. The goal of the operating framework is to foster strong and equal partnerships between Plan International Norway and Country Offices, as well as between Country Offices and their local partners. It is hoped that this will enhance local ownership of initiatives that we support, which will then lead to sustainable development. The operating framework contains principles and guidelines that will guide implementation of projects supported by the Norad Framework Agreement Grant, and will also contribute in identifying areas for strengthening the capacity of our partners.
Participation, inclusion and ownership are some of the principles contained in the operating framework. These relate to amongst others the need to involve all project and/or program stakeholders in decision making processes. Specific guidelines have been developed to ensure that project managers responsible for day to day implementation of initiatives supported by Plan International Norway are aware of what needs to be done to ensure projects are implemented in a participatory manner. This includes guidance on decision making processes and involvement of different stakeholders in the same.
The contract signed between Plan International Norway and Norad requires publication of relevant information related to the Framework Agreement Grant on the grant recipient’s website.