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Over a decade since the inception of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the poorest and most vulnerable are still unable to gain their basic rights to survival and education. Without a change in approach, many MDG targets will not be met by 2015.
In the following papers, EveryChild, in collaboration with other international NGOs, show how the neglect of children’s rights, particularly their rights to care and protection, is hindering progress towards the MDGs. The MDGs are central to UK government development policy and EveryChild also demonstrates the relevance of care and protection to achieving stated development goals.
Protect for the future, written by EveryChild and endorsed by eight other international NGOs, demonstrates how the abuse of children’s rights to care and protection is hindering progress against several of the MDGs.
A chance for every child, written by the DFID/CSO Child Rights Group, shows how a focus on children and their rights will help the UK’s Department for International development (DFID), and other donors and national governments, progress towards the equitable achievement of the MDGs. It has been written by a network committed to examining ways in which DFID can employ a child rights-based approach to help it achieve its mandate.