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An Irish Aid – NGO Dialogue Meeting. Strategic Programme Approaches: Implementing a strategic programme approach to promote aid effectiveness. The perspective of Children in Crossfire. Children in Crossfire: Background. Founded in 1996, with 3 staff and an annual income of €50,000.
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Strategic Programme Approaches:
Implementing a strategic programme approach to
promote aid effectiveness.
The perspective of Children in Crossfire.
A ‘traditional charitable approach’
Appointed ‘International Programme Coordinator’ in 2007 and conducted a strategic planning process (2008-2010) to make the organisation more effective and able to deliver clearer results with sustainable impact.
Equitable partnership with the ‘Tanzania Early Childhood Development Network’ (TECDEN).
200 grassroots member organisations in 14 of the 26 regions of Tanzania.
TECDEN now have increased capacity and effectiveness and are recognised as a key strategic partner for the Government of Tanzania and others.
TECDEN are also a strategic partner for Children in Crossfire:
Access to remote and difficult areas.
Access to areas where indicators show greatest need.
A voice to grassroots constituency.
Through lobbying work by Children in Crossfire with TECDEN, four
recommendations developed from grassroots activities have been directly absorbed into the Government of Tanzania ‘Integrated Early Childhood Development Policy’.
Children in Crossfire have also played a lead role in developing a ‘Child
Rights Education for Professionals’ training curriculum for Tanzania.
Children in Crossfire have designed and distributed English and
KiSwahili versions of the curriculum, and are supporting TECDEN to
deliver the curriculum to 3,000 early childhood development
professionals working directly with over 150,000 young children nationwide.
Children in Crossfire were invited to prepare a position paper on Early
Childhood Development, which resulted in the importance of ECD
having direct mention in the Government of Tanzania’s National Poverty
Reduction Strategic Plan (MKUKUTA 2).
Children in Crossfire have also played significant roles in the UNICEF
led national taskforce on the ‘Tanzania Law of the Child’ and in the
UNICEF led initiative to develop a set of national indicators for early
On 22nd June 2010, Children in Crossfire will co-host an event where
the report on the ECD Indicators initiative will be presented to
Government of Tanzania ministers and members of the United Nations
Committee on the Convention of the Rights of the Child and at which the
KiSwahili version of the Child Rights Curriculum for Professionals will
be officially launched.
Focusing on Early Childhood Development.
Influencing policy to support ECD service delivery.
Supporting ECD service delivery to influence policy.
Promoting shared learning between country programmes.
A development education programme which builds awareness of and support for
International development issues in the context of our international programme.
A ‘value-led’ fundraising strategy linked to the development education programme
International Programme Coordinator
Children in Crossfire
2 St. Joseph’s Avenue
+44 28 71 278944