Collaboration is key: Lessons for child protection and education in emergencies

This paper aims to interrogate the argument that integrated and joint programming across CPHA & EiE gives added value, not just to the beneficiaries, but to service providers and donors. As part of the process for developing this paper, a comprehensive desk review was undertaken, alongside a series of key informant interviews (KIIs) with actors from both sectors (See Annexes 1 & 2). This research provides an up-to-date analysis of the current situation, reflecting on past and present initiatives to highlight areas of successful collaboration and good practice in integration, and determines where best to focus efforts to encourage closer cross-sector working.

The research revealed a huge amount of goodwill amongst practitioners, donors and networks, and a clear desire to work more closely together to support and promote joint and integrated programming at all stages. It is critical to capitalise on this as the work moves forward to maintain momentum and expand support.

Based on the research, this paper summarises the available evidence supporting collaboration and integration between the sectors, providing a rationale for cross-sector working grounded in child wellbeing and holistic development. Subsequent sections synthesise evidence, including a summary of challenges and opportunities, and draw out clear recommendations charting the way forward for systematic and planned collaboration.

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