Child Protection Research Fund



CIDA's Action Plan on Child Protection, launched in June 2001, included a CAN$ 2 million research fund established to explore the area of child protection. The Fund's primary objective was to influence child protection policy and to identify sustainable, practical solutions to problems facing children in need of special protection from abuse, exploitation and violence. Research supported by the fund will help develop a deeper understanding of the reality of the lives of children, and of the ways CIDA and its partners can best support these children.

The Child Protection Research Fund supported research that was:
· Innovative;
· Multi-dimensional in its analyses of the complexity of children's lives;
· Grounded in a rights based approach which views children as active participants in their own development;
· Participatory; and
· Practical in its applicability.

The research fund was focused on the particular problems facing the following groups of children in developing countries and/or countries in transition: children affected by armed conflict, child labourers, sexually exploited children, street-involved children, children with disabilities, children facing discrimination because of their ethnic or religious identity, and children in conflict with the law or in institutional care.

CIDA expected the Fund to:

  • increase knowledge and generate new data on child protection issues;
  • influence child protection policy and programme development of various organisations and governments; 
  • improve research capacity in the field of child protection in Canada and developing countries / countries in transition; and 
  • form and/or strengthen partnerships between Canadian researchers and researchers in developing countries / countries in transition.

A background document is available here. All the projects have now been completed and reports finalised. Below is a list of each report with a summary and the full document available for download.

1.Where are the Girls, International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development (Rights and Democracy) in Montreal, in collaboration with researchers Dr. Dyan Mazurana, now at Tufts University, and Dr. Susan McKay at the University of Wyoming.

2. Child Protection Action Research in Tribal Villages of Rajasthan, IndiaFalls Brooke Centre – Tegan WongPartner: The Social Work and Research Centre (SWRC) – Barefoot College, Tilona, Rajastan, India

3. Participatory Research Linking Vulnerable Children, Communities and Local Government, South Africa Institute of Child Rights & Development – University of Victoria – Philip CookePartner: Child and Youth Care Agency for Development (CYCAD) South Africa; Free State Provincial Department of Social Development, South Africa

4. Situation of Children without Primary Caregiver in Vietnam, UNICEF Vietnam Country Office – Maria Hartono, NYPartners: Department of Social Protection under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), Government of Vietnam; Vietnam Committee for the Protection and Care of Children; Vietnam Provincial Committees for the Protection and Care of Children, Vietnam

5. Child Soldiers in Sierra Leone, Experiences, Implications and Strategies for Reintegration. University of Ottawa – Miriam DenovPartners: Defence For Children International, Sierra Leone; Forum of Conscience, Sierra Leone

6. Socio-economic Factors Contributing to Child Abuse in Botswana, WUSC - Barbara LevinePartners: Child line Botswana

7. Breaking the Silence: Girls abducted during Armed Conflict in Angola, Christian Children’s Fund – Vivi Stavrou Partners: Ministry of Families and Promotion of Women (MINFAMU); Ministry of Social Assistance and Reinsertion (MINARS); Redd Barna; African Humanitarian Action (AHA); German Agro Action (AAA); UNICEF; United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCHR)

8. Children Caught in Conflicts: Assessing the Impact of Conflict on Children in East Asia and the Pacific, UNICEF Regional Office, EA&P – Maria Hartono, NYPartners: The Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, Canada; Child Workers of Asia, Thailand; Asian Research Centre for Migration, Thailand;Psycho-Social Trauma and Human Rights Program, Philippines

9. Children in Institutional Care in Sri Lanka, Save the Children, Canada – Monawar IslamPartners: Save the Children UK (Sri Lanka); University of Colombo; University of Jaffna; Centre for Women’s Research (CENWOR); School of Child and Youth Care at Ryerson University

10. Child Labourers in the Bolivian Informal Mining Sector: Their Perspective, Canadian Centre for International Study and Cooperation (CECI) – Marilena BioliPartners: MEDMIN, Bolivia; IPEC Mineria, South America

11. The Scourge of War: Exploring Traditional Mechanisms of Child Protection to Combat the spread of HIV/Aids among adolescents in Northern Uganda, Liu Centre, University of British Columbia – Patricia SpittalPartners: Makere University Medical School; Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR)

12. Risk Factors, Pathways and Outcomes for Youth Released from Juvenile Detention Centres in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Canadian Centre for Studies of Children at Risk – McMaster University – John McLellan Partners: Universidade Federal de Sao Paolo-Escola Paulista de Medicina (UNIFESP-EPM) Projeto Quixote; University of Calgary and the Latin American Institute of the United Nations for Crime Prevention and Treatment of Delinquents (ILANUD).

13. Early Prevention of Aggressive Behaviour, Psychoactive Substance Abuse and the Low School Performance in Columbia: Quasi Experimental Follow up Study of Children in Poor Communities with High Levels of Violence and Social Inequality. Maritime School of Social Work, Dalhousie University – Michael Ungar Partners: Colombian Health Association (ASSALUD), University of Antioquia; Colombia School of Public Health, University of Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia

14: Girls in Fighting Forces: Moving beyond victimhood.

15: Children Caught in Conflicts: The impact of armed conflict on children in Southeast Asia. Asian Research Center for Migration Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University


Please note that these reports are hosted by CRIN as a resource for Child Rights campaigners, researchers and other interested parties. Unless otherwise stated, they are not the work of CRIN and their inclusion in our database does not necessarily signify endorsement or agreement with their content by CRIN.