The Child Rights Governance program works to ensure implementation of children’s rights in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The program aims to improve national systems of good governance and supports civil society and children to monitor child rights issues. It promotes understanding of child rights, strengthens the capacity of actors accountable for child rights and advocates for investment in children.

What is good governance? 
  • A government that prioritizes children in legal, administrative and financial systems
  • A strong civil society able to hold government and other powerful actors to account when children’s rights are denied and needs are not provided
  • Empowered children able to access their rights to information, expression, association and peaceful assembly and to demand change themselves.
  • A well-regulated private sector that respects and supports children’s rights in its activities.
"Children's participation is essential to good governance" wrote the members of Child Councils ©Save the Children

What we do?

Promoting children’s participation in child rights monitoring

• Working with relevant partners to implement the Third Optional Protocol (OP3) to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure, i.e. the right of children to make a direct representation to the United Nations. 

• Arranging activities with children and civil society organizations to advocate for recommendations from the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to be included in relevant policies and programs.

Strengthening good governance to implement child rights

• Piloting a model of “Child Friendly Good Governance” wherein local authorities listen to children’s voices and collaborate with them to ensure children’s rights are fulfilled. 

• Supporting children and children’s organizations to advocate for child rights at decision-making and policy-making levels.

Increasing investment in children

• Monitoring and evaluating budget planning and spending for children based on the principles of equability, inclusiveness, quality and efficiency; and working with research institutes, children, civil society organizations and media to influence decision-makers. 

Young Voices shall be heard 2015 ©Save the Children
Young Voices shall be heard 2015 ©Save the Children

Program achievements:

• Raised public awareness of the importance of the Law on the Rights of the Child and the Law on Child Protection of 2016; and conducted a training program for local and national government agencies and civil society organizations as a major advocate

• Supported representatives of the National Coalition of Child Rights NGOs in Mongolia to present their statement to the UNCRC in Geneva in October 2016, noting progress and achievements in delivering children’s rights as well as advocating for action on the most urgent of their 128 recommendations. We also supported a child-led team to prepare and present its Children’s Report to the UNCRC. These reports were a valuable addition to the UNCRC’s understanding of the Child Rights situation in Mongoli; 

• Continued our support for children’s engagement in local governance in 2016, conducting training sessions on “What is children’s participation? Children’s Participation in Local Governance” for members of Child Councils in 8 districts of Ulaanbaatar city, and providing methodological support at the local level to strengthen child friendly governance and help children acquire the positive attitudes, skills and knowledge to become active citizens.

• Reported on the implementation of the rights of children with disabilities in Mongolia in response to a request by Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2016 ;

• Invited by Government to recommend operational goals of the Ministry for Education, Culture, Science and Sports ;

• Carried out "Young Voices 2017" survey in Mongolia so that children could have a say about all matters that affect them, such as knowledge about their rights, bullying, school costs, safety in the streets and on the internet, how they see their future and much more ;

• Produced handbook on the Government's responsibility on the implementation of children's rights, as well as how the public budget is made, spent, and reported. Given the tools and knowledge to exercise their rights, identify problems, participate in decision making processes, and have their opinions heard, children are developing themselves to becoming active citizens of society.

Young Voice research