Advancing Child Rights with Equity among OECS Member and Associate Member States
Status of initiative: Completed
Description/achievement of initiative

The overall goal of the multi-country programme is to contribute to realization of the rights of all girls and boys in the Eastern Caribbean area by ensuring accurate and current data on their situation, fostering an enabling, child-friendly and protective environment, reducing the vulnerabilities of children and their families to social, environmental and economic risks and enhancing their participation.

Implementation methodologies

Depending on the activities, the cash transfer modalities will be either a direct cash transfers to the OECS Commission, a reimbursement to the OECS Commission or a direct payment to a partner of the OECS Commission , the size of disbursements will depend on the request using the FACE Form but cannot exceed the budget outlined below. The disbursement will generally take place on a quarterly basis.The OECS Commission agrees to liquidate the funds transferred by submitting a FACE form before the 3-months disbursement period. UNICEF will not be able to disburse additional funds even if liquidations of previous disbursement is outstanding passed the 6 months disbursement period.Monitoring: The OECS Commission and UNICEF will undertake monitoring activities to monitor the results – i.e. baseline collection, reviews or studies to measure effect/impact, field visits and evaluation.Annual/regular reviews: Joint Annual reviews will be held per unit/section while the OECS Commission and UNICEF will undertake a Mid-Term Review of the 2012-2016 MCPAP, of which this CPA is part of, with OECS member and OECS associate member states to review the work planEvaluation: Government-led evaluations and OECS-led evaluations of the MCPAP partners. Reporting: OECS will use the UNICEF narrative reporting format on the use of the funds and the achieved results while the FACE form will be used to account for financial resources provided by UNICEF.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

UNICEF will contribute technical assistance, monitoring and evaluation, and other contributions to the implementation of the PCA Programme.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The OECS Commission, together with UNICEF, has the responsibility to plan the commitments. The OECS Commission has the responsibility to manage the funds and take the lead in the implementation of the activities. Various sections within the OECS Commission - Social Development Unit (formerly SPU), Economic Development and Policy Unit (formerly MESPU), Education Development and Management Unit (formerly OERU), Legal Unit and Functional Cooperation and Programme Management Unit- will coordinate with the various units within UNICEF- Protection, M&E and Social Statistics and Education (Lifelong Learning).The Head of Functional Cooperation and Programme Management Unit for the OECS Commission and the Deputy Representative in UNICEF will ensure the effective and efficient collaboration within their individual organization and then with each other.


USAID for its support in juvenile justice CDB, CXC, UWI, USAID, FDCC, UNESCO, World Bank in drafting and supporting the OECS Education Strategy and its implementation in national countries World Bank and their support in social protection, administrative data system in the education and health sector, and technical assistance in the areas of M&E systems to support the implementation of the Economic Union. World Bank, CDB, UNDP, UN Women, ILO in sub-regional (multi-dimensional) poverty survey tools and harmonization. OAS, EU, UN Women, CDB and ILO in the various aspects of child and gender sensitive social protection reforms. UNDP, the World Bank and others in technically supporting the development of the OECS Growth and Development Strategy. OECS Member States and their Ministries in the execution of the 2012-2016 MCPAP.
Dec 2016
3. By 2016 all girls and boys from the poorest communities are accessing pre-school early stimulation opportunities, are benefiting from positive child-centered approaches at school and are benefitting from laws/ polices that protect them from neglect, violence, exploitation and discrimination
Dec 2016
1. By 2016, improved equity-sensitive national policy environment and systems (plans, programmes and budgets) for disadvantaged and excluded boys and girls guided by international commitments (CRC, CEDAW, CRPD and MDGs), disaggregated data on children and knowledge of children’s rights issues.
Dec 2016
2. By 2016, all girls and boys in 12 Eastern Caribbean countries benefit from rights-based laws, policies, programmes and institutions that provide equitable systems for positive development, lifelong learning and protection
Resources devoted to implementation
Financing (in USD)
1,165,000 USD
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 1 July
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: December 2016
Operating in countries
Contact information/focal point(s)
Muriel Mafico, mmafico@unicef.org

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