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Improving UNICEF staff capacity

As in previous years, the Centre took an active role in transferring the knowledge gained from its child rights research to UNICEF staff and partners. In 1999 it organized activities to enhance staff knowledge and capacity, as well as carrying out targeted advocacy to promote the Convention. The Centre also drew on ‘lessons learned’ from the field experience of UNICEF staff, with a particular focus on the impact of war on children. Child protection in situations of armed conflict Building on the 1997 publication of Starting from Zero: the promotion and protection of children’s rights in post-genocide Rwanda, in 1999 the Centre completed a case study on Burundi, a country faced with a situation of virtually permanent ethnic tension. Written by Ben Majekodunmi, UNICEF’s first-ever international Child Protection Officer to work in the field, Protection in Practice, UNICEF Experience in Burundi, calls for greater collaboration between United Nations agencies in situations of armed conflict and the internalization of a rights-based approach into every aspect of UNICEF programmes for children. Services for war-traumatized children In 1999 the Centre published Bambini fra guerra e pace: il caso di Eritrea ed Etiopia (Children in War and Peace: the case of Eritrea and Ethiopia), written by Roberto Beneduce, an Italian psychiatrist with experience with immigrants and refugees. The report outlined the issues to be addressed by agencies trying to help children suffering from psycho-social trauma, including the creation of services tailored to their particular needs. The Centre also worked with Rune Stuvland, who had completed his term as Psycho-Social Advisor to UNICEF in the countries of former Yugoslavia, on the preparation of a paper on his experiences. Project Experiences and Lessons Learned outlined key issues related to the implementation of emergency programmes in general, and psycho-social programmes in particular.

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Bambini fra guerra e pace: il caso di Eritrea ed Etiopia
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Bambini fra guerra e pace: il caso di Eritrea ed Etiopia

Il Rapporto è stato realizzato come risultato della collaborazione fra la Cooperazione Italiana e l’UNICEF Centro Innocenti, Firenze e offre una analisi della situazione attuale in Eritrea ed in Etiopia soprattutto per quanto riguarda bambini di strada; bambini portatori di handicap; orfani, bambini soli, bambini abbandonati, rifugiati e profughi.
Protection in Practice: The protection of children's rights in situations of armed conflict. UNICEF experience in Burundi
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Protection in Practice: The protection of children's rights in situations of armed conflict. UNICEF experience in Burundi

In 1997, UNICEF’s first international Child Protection Officer, Ben Majekodunmi, took up his post in Burundi. This publication summarizes his experience and draws lessons for future child protection activities in emergency situations. Primarily aimed at UNICEF and UN policy makers, the publication calls for the creation of a systematic child protection capacity in the field as an integral part of an overall UN strategy.
Repartir de zéro
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Repartir de zéro

Cet Innocenti Insight est un examen critique - et en aucun cas une évaluation officelle - de quelques-uns des principaux aspects des activités de coopération internationale en faveur des enfants au Rwanda entre juillet 1994 et décembre 1996, dans l'optique du respect et de la promotion de l'esprit et de la lettre de la Convention des Nationes Unies relative aux droits de l'enfant.
Starting from Zero: The promotion and  protection of children's rights in post-genocide Rwanda, July 1994-December 1996
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Starting from Zero: The promotion and protection of children's rights in post-genocide Rwanda, July 1994-December 1996

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 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.