Strategies & Approaches
Partner Dialogue & Platforms
In order to ensure that tdh programmes can flexibly react to arising needs and regional developments tdh staff aims to build solid relationships with the local partner organisations that go beyond funding. terre des hommes also encourages collaboration among those organisations and provides platforms for regular exchange with a view to sharing experiences and examples of good-practice. The information and observations from the ground also shape the direction of terre des hommes’ advocacy efforts in Europe and worldwide. Furthermore, every few years, elected project partners, volunteers and staff meet in Germany to decide upon the main points of focus for future terre des hommes programmes and campaigns. This so-called Delegates Conference is the governing body of tdh where the organisation ultimately exercises the co-decision model and partners’ dialogue, as corner stone of the organizational fabric. In this way, views and considerations of partner organisations add value to the international work.
Article 12 of the United Nations on the Convention on the Rights of Children (UNCRC) states that any child or young person has a right to express their views and have those views given due weight in decisions affecting them, in accordancewith their age and maturity. Engaging children and young people in formal meetings and decision making processes means that they are actively involved in issues that affect their lives and communities, thereby improving outcomes for children and young people themselves.
tdh and its partner organisations strongly encourage and enable the participation of children and adolescents at various levels, including involvement in project planning, advocacy initiatives and campaigns.
Child Right based approach
This approach identifies and evaluates children’s needs by reference to their rights under international legal instruments including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). As a common framework it guides the implementation and evaluation of policies and processes that affect children. Key principles of a rights based approach include that children are not discriminated against, that the best interest of the child be a primary consideration in all actions concerning children, and that children participate in decisions that affect them.
Aware of the widespread violations of children’s rights and safety in its working context, terre des hommes promotes particular sensitivity as well as specific measures to ensure that children are safe from violence in all its forms within its area of responsibility, and to prevent any possible harm to children and young persons under the organisation’s direct or indirect care.
With a view to guarantee the safeguarding of children at institutional level, terre des hommes has introduced a number of rules and regulations and constantly strives to review and update its policies and procedures in order to ensure the best possible child protection. It makes sure that
- their staff, visitors, volunteers, operations, and programmes do no harm to children;
- that they do not expose children to the risk of harm and violence;
- that necessary steps are taken and incidences reported to appropriate authorities in case of any concern the organisation has about children’s safety they work with directly and indirectly