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Understanding our impact

Our 25+ years of working with children have convinced us that when children are able to speak up for their own rights, this is a powerful way to ensure that children's rights are protected in a lasting and effective way.

In order to back-up this conviction with evidence, we have developed a system that enables us to effectively measure and understand the impact of our work each year.

The information presented in our Impact Reports (see below) has been collated by our partners and assessed against a set of overarching indicators – verifiable changes that show we are achieving our key strategic aims of:

1) protecting children from immediate harm and defending their rights in the long-term.
2) tackling neglected issues that threaten children's rights.
3) strengthening children's organisations in Colombia.


2017 impact highlights

The people

  • 6,166 children and young people participated in activities run by our partners.
  • We also indirectly impacted the lives of a further 9,936 children – siblings, peers and neighbours of the children who participated in projects we funded.
  • We funded training, therapy and events for 1,941 adults - parents, teachers, policy makers – to encourage and help them to keep children safe now and in the long-term. A further 11,899 adults benefited indirectly from this work.

That's 30,000 people who are better equipped to protect children's rights as a result of our work in 2017 alone!

The issues

We worked on three ‘neglected issues' in 2017:

  • sexual and gender-based violence
  • recruitment into armed groups and reintegration into society
  • commercial sexual exploitation

The partners

We worked in partnership with eight inspiring organisations in 2017, providing much-needed funding to run their programmes but also technical support to help them become stronger organisations, better able to defend the rights of vulnerable children in the long-term.

The rights

In 2017, we supported our partners to protect 16 children’s rights.

For instance, we protected the rights of:

  • 5,934 children to freedom from violence, abuse and neglect
  • 2,690 children to freedom from sexual exploitation
  • 2,444 children to freedom of expression
  • 2,187 to recovery from trauma
  • 1,989 to relax, play and enjoy a range of cultural activities
  • 916 to protection from involvement in war and armed conflict

(These rights are defined within the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child)


Impact Reports

The following reports pull together our overall organisational impact from 2017 onwards.

Impact Report: 2017 (39MB)