A five-year-old girl crouches on the ground inside her family’s makeshift tent, her hand in a plate of meal. The girl and her family fled Myanmar when their village was attacked, and they’re now living in a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Save the Children is delivering life-saving interventions such as food, shelter and household supplies.
Every Last Child
Our Every Last Child (ELC) campaign, launched in 2016, takes a local-to-global approach to policy change. At its heart, this reflects an emphasis on addressing an institutionalized and at times intentional failure of governments’ accountability to specific groups of citizens. Fair Finance – public funding that is transparent and accountable – is one of three pillars of the campaign and central to our vision of ensuring accountability to the world’s most vulnerable and excluded children.
The ELC campaign builds on decades of work by Save the Children’s Child Rights Governance Theme, which seeks to strengthen governments’ accountability for delivering on children’s rights, through public financing, transparency and citizen engagement. Refugees are a particular emphasis of the campaign with a focus on refugee education, ensuring that refugee children return to learning in a safe and timely manner. Every Last Child also focuses on empowering girls and gender equality to ensure that girls in marginalized and vulnerable communities grow up healthy, educated, and safe.
Today, Save the Children’s governance work ranges from influencing county assemblies and executives in marginalized regions of Kenya to influencing global processes such as the Addis Tax Initiative to ensure that bilateral and multilateral donors support civil society engagement in national tax policy. Save the Children works closely with U.S. development agencies and Congress to ensure that U.S. international development assistance is effective and inclusive in terms of supporting governance reform in the developing world.
Whether it’s research on innovative finance mechanisms for maternal and child health, or supporting citizens’ engagement with domestic resource mobilization, Save the Children’s governance, finance and accountability research and advocacy aims to hold governments responsibility for providing high-quality, basic services to all children and nurture a stronger social contract between citizens and their government.
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