Child protection must be included in the post-2015 framework — one way or another.
That’s the message of Anne Goddard, president and CEO of ChildFund, which recently conducted a survey about what kids think of issues of violence against them in 50 countries around the world. In the report, released last week at the U.N. General Assembly, children who suffer abuse called on world leaders to include them in the development agenda that will replace the Millennium Development Goals.
In an interview with Devex President Raj Kumar at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, she stressed the importance of child protection becoming part of that framework: “I don’t care if it ends up being a goal with a number behind it or in the text, I don’t care right now, I just want to make sure it’s there.”
Goddard also asked governments to align their future development strategies with the new goals, which should be crafted taking into consideration the voice of kids that suffer any kind of exploitation.
That way, she explained, recipient countries won’t be overwhelmed with the flow of donor money and the process will be more “rationalized” than it has been until now.
As associate editor for breaking news, Carlos Santamaria supervises Devex's Manila-based news team and the creation of our Newswire, the industry-leading daily newsletter. Carlos joined Devex after a decade working for international wire services Reuters, AP, Xinhua and EFE as well as Philippine news site Rappler. Born and raised in Spain but educated in the United States, Carlos dropped out of business school to become a journalist, first reporting on sports and national politics in Madrid and later on international affairs in Beijing, Manila and Bangkok. During that time, he also covered natural disasters on the ground in Myanmar and Japan.