The overall scope and ambition of our international work is:
To end child trafficking and sexual exploitation through enhanced cross-national coordination and collaboration in the fight against trafficking and sexual exploitation of children.
Child10 is a strong believer in the power of collaboration and our international work centers around our awarded members and global network, but we also nurture relationships with international and intergovernmental organizations and engage in advocacy work outside the Child10 award program.
The Child10 international work with the Awarded Members Organizations is centered around three pillars;
- Supporting grassroot organisations in tackling the problem of child trafficking;
- Elevating the collective knowledge in the field by identifying best practices and enhancing coordination and collaboration to reduce duplication of efforts in the field;
- Identifying durable effective solutions and amplifying the collective voice of CSOs in the field.
Organizational Support Program
Child10 Awarded Members are granted an organizational support program to scale their impact and improve sustainability in their operations. It focuses on addressing specific challenges that the CSO sector in this field are faced with through a cluster approach and our Mentorship Program.
The Mentorship Program is supported by our private sector partner, Applied Value, and represents our vision of building cross-sectoral partnerships in the field of child trafficking and increasing responsibility and support towards ending child trafficking within the private sector.
Program to enhance national and cross-national coordination and collaboration
Given the moveable nature of child trafficking, more coordination and collaboration is necessary to identify best practices and find durable solutions to end child trafficking.
Through this program, we want to achieve the following:
- ensure a more effective and efficient cooperation between all sectors in the fight against child trafficking and exploitation, and especially between the official sector and the CSO sector;
- avoid duplication of efforts in the field;
- ensure that there are no gaps in the protection and support system for child victims inter alia through mapping the various actors in the field;
- ensure a child rights based approach in the international fight against trafficking and sexual exploitation of children.
The importance of consulting with civil society organizations when setting policy and practice is well documented. It is however rare that grassroots organizations working on the ground have the opportunity to take part in such consultations. Their policy positions are also increasingly questioned: researchers challenge their evidence base and policymakers question the feasibility of their recommendations. Child10 seeks to shrink the gap between policy makers and grassroots organizations by enabling grassroots organizations to have their voices heard in key decision-making processes at national and international level. This is done by supporting grassroots organizations to improve their skills to develop and sustain communication channels with decision-makers, deliver clear messages and propose constructive and sustainable solutions instead of problem statements.
Furthermore, with our approach grounded Child10 is a firm believer in the power of collaboration including in terms of advocacy, we believe that our joint voices are stronger than our individual ones. We therefore work together with our Awarded Member Organizations to identify best practices, preventative measures and protective mechanisms against child trafficking from a child rights perspective. This work provides the basis for our advocacy initiatives within our advocacy program. The joint advocacy initiates can either be done together at regional and international level or in a coordinated manner targeting national governments and intergovernmental organizations through national governments.