terre des hommes Germany does not implement projects, but is funding local organisations and initiatives according to specific project and country criteria. the following principles are an intergral part of this cooperation;
- Partner Dialogue and Platforms
- Child Participation
- Child rights based approach that promotes child Friendly budgetting
Partner Dialogue & Platforms
terre des hommes staff is involved in close dialogue with funded local organisations (called partners). This ensures that the project work can flexibly react to regional requirements and developments . Terre des hommes further encourages collaboration among these partner organisations to share experiences and examples of good-practice , providing a platform for regular exchange. This also influences the direction of terre des hommes in advocacy work in Europe and worldwide. Every few years, elected project partners, volunteers and staff, meet in Germany to decide upon the main points of focus for future terre des hommes project partners and campaigns. In this way, views and considerations of partner organisations add value to the international work.
Article 12 of the United Nations on the Convention on the Rights of Children (UNCRC) states thatany child or young person has a right to express their views and have those views given dueweight in decisions affecting them, in accordance with their age and maturity. Engaging children and young people in formal meetings and decision making processes means that they are actively involved in issues that affect their lives and communities , thereby improving outcomes for children and young people themselves.
Child Right based approach
This approach identifies and evaluates children’s needs by reference to their rights under international legal instruments including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). This approach provides a framework that guides the implementation and evaluation of policies and processes that affect children. Key principles of a rights based approach include that children are not discriminated against, that the best interest of the child be a primary consideration in all actions concerning children, and that children participate in decisions that affect them.