War Child makes every effort to take children's view
into account, and this Annual Report is no different.
Examples of child participation are highlighted
in the whole report.
Children and young people’s views are consulted
by War Child to determine programmatic choices.
Children and young people take part in organisation’s activities,
but are not consulted for decision making.
Children and young people actively participate
in decision making and activity development
Children choose their personal goal
and evaluate it themselves
Child-led initiatives: Dutch children take action,
mobilise their community and guide the whole process.
In 2012, War Child produced a new movie that shows the impact of war on children and how we empower them to shape their own future. Many thanks to all the people who support War Child: You make our work possible!
War Child focused increasingly on active conflict zones where rapid interventions are needed. In 2012, rapid response projects took place in Libya, South Sudan, Gaza, Democratic Republic of Congo, and in Lebanon for Syrian refugees.
A fierce civil war is ravaging Syria. Children are literally under fire. Tens of thousands have fled the country, dragging the horrific things they have seen with them. War Child started a rapid response intervention for Syrian refugees in northern Lebanon. In safe spaces, children can build on their resilience and strength. In life skills workshops, they regain trust in themselves and in others. More than 1,500 Syrian and Lebanese children have benefited from the project.
Kon Kelei was recruited as a child soldier when he was only four. Now he works as a lawyer and lecturer at the Law faculty in South Sudan. At a War Child lobby event in Brussels, he persuasively urged European members of Parliament to more effectively implement the EU guidelines on children affected by armed conflict. "Not only on paper please."
Today’s Sierra Leone is a different place than is was when War Child began working there ten years ago. The war ended in 2002. The former war children are grown up and working towards the further development of their country. In 2012, War Child prepared the closure of the programme and conducted a final evaluation. The return of harmony in the once war-torn communities was found to be a significant result of the programme.
Various pilot projects in 2012 lead to creative and innovative solutions. For example, the T@m T@m Mobile in Burundi empowered children to speak-out using animation films, and the Connect Teaching project in South Sudan used tablets to improve the quality of teaching and learning. These projects are supported by six NGOs, the Ministry of Education, and TNO.
War Child measures the outcomes of its projects with scorecards and outcome indicators. Outcomes refer to the effects War Child projects want to achieve in the lives of children and adults. In 2012, we measured the effect of our projects in the lives of children in Burundi, Sudan and Uganda.
In 2012 our IDEAL programme – a psychosocial life skills course for children affected by war – was evaluated in South Sudan and Colombia. This impact study was carried out in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam, the Dutch Youth Institute, HealthNet-TPO and Universidad Nacional (Colombia). With the findings, War Child will further strengthen its psychosocial support to children affected by armed conflict.
We want to learn from every step we take. Here we provide an overview of lessons learnt from programmes, fundraising and organisational developments.
The salary of an NGO director is a popular topic of discussion. In 2012 War Child appointed a new managing director: Bernard Uyttendaele. In 2012 War Child paid a total remuneration of € 83,336 for the executive director position, well below the maximum of € 140.046 stipulated by the Dutch fundraising institutions association VFI. Bernard Uyttendaele is accountable for the quality of War Child projects in 12 conflict-affected countries, for the safety of 350 employees in the field, for War Child’s income, and for a financially healthy, efficient and effective organisation.
The second edition of the partnership between 538, a large radio broadcasting station in the Netherlands, and War Child, was a success. In total, nearly 73,000 children could participate in War Child projects thanks to this unique fundraising event.
More than 19 percent of War Child’s direct fundraising comes from companies, a great achievement in this very challenging economic situation. We strive toward partnerships that consist of structural financial support and employee involvement. For example, 50 Microsoft employees and a few Microsoft partners climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and raised the impressive amount of € 220,000.
War Child generated attention for the impact of the armed conflict on Syrian children, and War Child’s subsequent programmatic response, through various media activities. Goodwill ambassador Marco Borsato visited Lebanon and spoke to Syrian refugee children. Upon his return, he participated in several renowned Dutch radio and TV programmes.
To increase dialogue and the involvement of our constituency, War Child invested in online and offline dialogue with our supporters. We redesigned our website and organised small-scale events, such as a special Doe Maar voor War Child concert. We also more openly communicated about our results.
Cooperation with international and local partners is a key element of War Child’s strategy. Partnerships are not only important for War Child’s income, but also for advocacy, innovation and programme development, bringing in expertise and knowledge that complement War Child’s work.
This campaign with online banners, outdoor and print advertisements, and a TV commercial, invited people to join War Child in different ways: by participating in the TV commercial, spreading the story of children affected by war, or becoming a structural donor. The campaign was evaluated in 2012.