Initiatives in the MENA region to promote children’s participation have been gradually increasing in scope and scale. Many actors including governments, parents, teachers, civil society, international agencies and children themselves recognise the importance of these initiatives, while they are aware that more concerted efforts are needed to ensure that an environment and a culture that respect and promote children’s participation are sustained and institutionalised.
This framework aims at providing those actors with an indicators’ framework for measuring how far these initiatives are successful, have tangible impact on people’s attitude towards children, and contribute to a cultural change towards an environment that respect, promote and protect children’s rights and their participation.
The framework has been developed by Gerison Lansdown building on a earlier document: Criteria for the Evaluation of Children’s Participation in Programming, in Early Childhood Matters, Bernard van Leer Foundation, November 2004, No 103 pp 35-39. It also reflects feedback from participants at the Child Rights into Practice conference organised by IICRD, 26-29th October, 2009, Whistler, Canada.