REPORT: What Lies Beneath

As NGOs, how often do we question whether what we’re doing is what we ought to be doing? In other words, is our work needed and necessary? We recently asked ourselves this at CRIN, and we wrote a new report about it.

In our attempt to answer the question, we worked out that our role as NGOs, and in particular as CRIN, has been to complain about what’s wrong with the world, fuelling people’s despair about the lack of respect for or recognition of children as rights holders, without changing things for the better. But this has to change, otherwise we will come to struggle to justify our existence.

So under a new vision, rooted in idealism and self-criticism, we’re realigning how we work. As a preview, we’ve resolved that rather than just repeating what it is we’re fighting against, we want to better define what it is we’re fighting for. With this report, we start by answering a simple question: if we could change one thing to make a perfect, rights-respecting world, what would it be?

You can download the report here.

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