Projects

Research into violence against children in Madagascar

Programme duration: 2016-2019

Madagascar is one of the world’s poorest countries, ranked 154th on the human development index. Due to extreme poverty and an economic decline, social services and the legal situation have both deteriorated. The 2015-2019 Child Protection Programme signed by the Government of Madagascar and UNICEF Madagascar has many objectives, such as strengthening the child protection system through the adoption of a legal framework that is respectful of children’s rights and reducing violence against children. As part of this programme, the IBCR, in partnership with UNICEF and Madagascar’s Department of Public Affairs, Social Protection and Advancement of Women, conducted a study on the cycles of violence against children at home, at school and in workplaces. The results of the study and the ensuing recommendations for prevention or institutional capacity building will inform future discussions in view of adopting a national action plan to fight violence against children.

Our objectives

The IBCR’s project in Madagascar, carried out in collaboration with UNICEF and local stakeholders, aims to:

  • Provide national and comparable population estimates to describe the scope and nature of violent acts committed against children;
  • Assess the causes of violence against children and its impact on the victims, their families and the community;
  • Identify potential risks and protection factors that have a direct influence on the nature and scope of violence against children;
  • Assess the knowledge and use of available local and national child protection services (social, legal and medical) for victims;
  • Based on the results obtained, issue recommendations to improve the national child protection policy, child protection programmes and legal reforms, in order to improve and reinforce interventions aimed at preventing, identifying and responding to violence against children more efficiently.
  • Intervention locations : Madagascar
  • Project duration : 2016
  • Partners :
    • UNICEF
    • Ministry for Population Affairs, Social Protection and Advancement of Women
  • Highlights :
    • The study will support the national inquiry into the Millennium Development Goals
    • Comprehensive literature review
    • 6 provinces, bringing together 12 sites, were covered by the study
    • 701 young people shared their experiences and perceptions of violence in their daily lives
    • 2,523 adults were consulted during the research, including community leaders, administrative authority representatives, and institutional staff from the justice, security, health, education and social work sectors
  • Fields of activity and expertise :
    • Applied research
    • Tools, reference manuals and standards
    • Training leadership
    • Children in emergency situations
    • Child sexual exploitation