Starting from Zero: The promotion and protection of children's rights in post-genocide Rwanda, July 1994-December 1996

Innocenti Insight 3

  • Format
  • Author(s)
    • Cantwell, Nigel;
  • Publisher
    • UNICEF ICDC, Florence
  • Date of Publication
    • 1997
  • Pages
    • 96
  • ISBN
    • 88-85401-35-X
  • IRC Stock Number
    • 33U
  • Publication Cost
    • free
  • Language
    • English


Starting from Zero is a critical review of some of the main facets of the international cooperation undertaken on behalf of children in Rwanda from July 1994 to December 1996, with special reference to its consonance with, and promotion of, the spirit and the letter of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The study aims to contribute to the development of a coherent long-term policy on child-related issues as an integral part of the reconstruction, recovery and reconciliation process in post-conflict situations, using to the full the Convention as both a guide for action and a tool for stimulating and facilitating that action.Taking as its main base the experience of UNICEF, the study also considers other actors, particularly the foreign non-governmental community, in attempting to determine the real impact of the Convention on approach and programming. While the focus of the study is on the events that took place in post-genocide Rwanda, there are inevitably ramifications for and links with other post-conflict situations.


Thematic area

Conflict and Displacement   / 


child protection   /  children in armed conflicts   /  children's rights   /  implementation of the crc   /