The Children Here: Current trends in the decentralization of National Programmes of Action

Innocenti Publications

  • Format
  • Author(s)
    • Castillo Cardona, Carlos;
  • Co-author(s)
    • Dunbar, Richard;
  • Publisher
    • UNICEF ICDC, Florence
  • Date of Publication
    • 1995
  • Pages
    • 92
  • ISBN
    • 88-85401-21-X
  • IRC Stock Number
    • 166U
  • Publication Cost
    • free
  • Language
    • English


The 1990 World Summit for Children brought together 71 Heads of State and Government to discuss ways in which to improve the lives of the world's children. The international ‘Plan of Action’ adopted at the summit recognised the importance of grass roots initiatives at the local level. Individual countries have responded to this call for decentralisation in the development and implementation of their ‘National Programmes of Action’. The Children Here represents a part of the research undertaken by UNICEF into different countries’ experience of this process. The aim of this research is an improved understanding of how decentralisation can help countries achieve the Summit’s 29 goals for child protection and development.


Thematic area

National Development Programmes   / 


child protection   /  decentralization   /  National Programme of Action   /