By Kevin Anyonge

A new report on development assistance to end child violence is out, the report show that a small percentage of overseas development assistance channeled towards ending child violence. The overseas development assistance (ODA) to end violence against children has been reviewed, in the report dubbed Counting Pennies established that in the year 2015, for instance ODA spending amounted to $174 billion, from this total amount less than 0.6% was allocated to ending violence against children.

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Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General in charge of Violence against children said ‘it is deeply worrying that less than US$1.1 billion of ODA is estimated  to be spent addressing this critical human rights concern.’’

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The report stated that violence has compromised children’s development, health and education and has a high cost for the society worldwide for up to US$7 trillion a year, due to this, the 2030 Agenda for sustainable Development has included a district global target of 16.2 in order to end all forms of violence against children. Ending abuse, neglect and exploitation of children has been mainstreamed across other parts of the international development agenda.


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Santos Pias added that ‘Children live are at stake and the serious consequences of violence can last a lifetime, while government policy priorities may have competing demands on scarce resources, the social and financial costs of inaction are too high.’’

Trihadi Saptoadi vice chair of the executive committee for Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children and World Vision Global Leader for impact and Engagement said “Violence against children undermines all aid and development activities, Partnerships like the one backing this report, are vital in addressing an issue of this magnitude, An end to violence against children is within reach and we will see the greatest impact by working together’’

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Two geographic regions the sub-Saharan Africa and Middle East receive half of all the ODA to end violence against children whereas countries affected by conflict and displacement, such as Iraq, Syria and South Sudan receive the bulk of the investments however funding to address violence against children is still lacking.

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It was recommended that donors to improve tracking of spending to determine how international development assistance is contributing to achieving the Sustainable Development targets to end violence against children and also a further research into the amount of domestic resources invested by recipient governments.

Santos Pais remarked that ‘The worlds agreed priority to ending violence against children needs to be matched by increased ODA investment and by tracking spending on preventing and addressing violence against children, this must happen through both official development assistance and through the mobilization  of domestic resources’’

Kevin Anyonge ( ) is a reporter with Mtoto News

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World Vision International


For  More Details about the report, contact

Amanda Cupido  | Campaign Communications Officer | Public Affairs | (Based in Toronto, Canada) World Vision International |

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