By admin April 19, 2017

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To understand the Situation of Children and Women in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), UNICEF contracted The Bassiouni Group (TBG) to explain the causes of, and linkages between, issues affecting women and children and how the country’s resources, institutions, and structures can contribute to solving these challenges. To meet this goal, TBG provided a comprehensive analysis of the changing socio-economic landscape that included a synthesis of new statistics, national policies, legislation and trends emerging today. This was the first Situation Analysis (SitAn) conducted in over 10 years, and it sought to generate a better understanding of the current status of children’s rights and the reasons behind shortfalls and inequities in DPRK.

UNICEF currently operates in nine out of 10 provinces (190 counties) in DPRK and provides critical (Child & Maternal Health; Education; Nutrition; Water, Sanitation & Hygiene/WASH) services to millions throughout the country. In developing the DPRK SitAn, TBG’s Project Team followed a three-step process that assessed the determinants of child rights shortfalls, inequities and risks; analyzed the major causes impacting children’s development; and validated analysis with equity and child rights stakeholders. TBG’s Project Team Leader traveled to DPRK for the assignment to conduct key informant consultations with government counterparts, UN and international agencies, as well as UNICEF staff. Following the Team’s data collection, socio-demographic trend analysis was used to identify data gaps and proposed methods for closing those gaps. In keeping with the standardized approach, TBG adhered to a human rights-based, equity-focused, gender-sensitive approach throughout the methodological design and reporting. Recommendations are provided in the report to inform future programming and accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Conducted in every Country Office, the SitAn is developed for decision-makers and stakeholders. It focuses on work across three areas: 1) strengthening regional and national capacities to monitor the situation of children, especially as they concern vulnerable and disadvantaged groups; 2) supporting national planning and development processes; and, 3) contributing to the knowledge base to enable further assessment. In delivering work in these areas, the SitAn supplies national research on disadvantaged girls and boys and ultimately leverages UNICEF’s convening power to foster and support knowledge generation for change.

Read the newly-released report: UNICEF Situation Analysis of Children and Women in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

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