The NCFC follows its Strategic Action Plan 2017-2021 that aims to delineate a number of interventions and actions points that are expected to further increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the initiatives and contributions of NCFC towards the fulfillment of the rights of children. The identified actions are assumed to contribute to the establishment of a set of results, to be grouped under the term “Key Result Areas (KRA).” Each KRA contains one or more goals that articulates the intended results. The strategy to achieve the goals show the specific intervention choices that NCFC has made of the possible options. It is without doubt that the goals and strategies speak to a period of time that exceeds the duration of the present strategic action plan. Therefore the goals articulated in the plan are deemed to set realistic and achievable milestones for the said period.
Overall Goal: The fulfillment of children’s right is regarded and treated as a crucial aspect of national development planning and intentional social investment.The five Key Result Areas (KRAs) represent a causal pathway that will produce the results needed to improve the lives of children and their families. It identifies advocacy (legal and political change) as the overarching strategy which is to be guided by Policy and Legal Reform, Monitoring and Evaluation and Children and Adolescent Participation. The idea is that advocating for necessary policy and legal changes, identifying and executing a monitoring and evaluation framework and engaging young opinion leaders/rights holders to advocate for their rights will cumulatively lead to positive changes for children and their families.
The National Committee for Families and Children was established as one of those entities that work upstream. While there must be direct services that children must receive (i.e. the “life preservers”) there must also be a body responsible for the overall protection of children and their families (i.e. ensuring as many as is possible not fall in the river in the first place.) While departments and organizations are tasked with the everyday work that must continue to provide both the response to the violation of children’s rights and to also work on preventative approaches, the NCFC functions as a special advocate with policy and monitoring and evaluation responsibilities. It monitors the long term strategies that must be implemented to improve the lives of children and their families.
This directory seeks to compile basic contact information and major programmatic thrusts of agencies in the sector as a source of information for the general public and practitioners alike. By no means is this directory exhaustive and it is the hope that it will be updated periodically.