Australia, the Pacific and Globally
We will continue to work as we have always done, within Plan International’s areas with a focus on Asia and South and East Africa. We’re excited to expand our operations into the Pacific, our nearest neighbours. Soon, we’ll be commencing programming in Australia where we believe we can advance children’s rights and equality for girls based on the wealth of knowledge, capabilities and approaches we’ve developed overseas.
- We scaled up our work with young people in the Pacific by establishing a new program to provide safety for girls in Honiara, Solomon Islands and a Pacific wide consortium program to address disaster risks for young people and communities in five Pacific countries. We also successfully concluded the first phase of our Bougainville Youth Initiative which provided training and support to young Bougainville women leaders, vocational pathways for adolescent girls and boys, and support for young women at risk.
- In Asia and Africa, we were able to provide sustained support to a million children and adults affected by conflict and disasters in Zimbabwe, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Myanmar, and Nepal. This support enabled families to protect and nourish children, and maintain their access to schooling to give them a chance to develop to their potential. In Nepal we were able to rebuild twelve schools damaged by the earthquake and support teachers to provide an inclusive learning environment.
- In Malawi, Indonesia, Pakistan, Vietnam and Laos our work to promote safe sanitation practices and hygienic environments for children have benefitted half a million children and adults to live healthier lives, and lower the risk of life-threatening disease amongst young children.
- Our sponsorship funded projects continued to deliver tangible benefits for children in the area of education, water and sanitation, and child protection, in the remote areas of 50 developing countries. This work was complemented by specific grant and donation funded project work funded either from Australia or one of the other Plan International fundraising offices in the federation.
Combining Advocacy and programming
Advocacy has traditionally been seen as something that happens here in Australia directed at our own government, and programming as a practical service that is provided to our communities and projects overseas. We know that if we combine the power of advocacy and programming we can create greater change that tackles both the root causes of poverty and discrimination as well as the systems that hold girls in particular behind.
- We supported our Indonesian colleagues with their Country Strategic Plan and provided advice on advocacy and influence for girls aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals.
- We completed the stakeholder mapping for the Honiara Safer Cities Program and also identified possible areas of advocacy work with girls in the Solomon Islands.
- We partnered with an existing program in Timor-Leste to design campaign training for young people so they can take up their own issues.
Programs that transform the world for girls
We will develop programming that is transformative for girls and focuses on safety, gender equality and wellbeing. These won’t be ‘girls only’ programs. Boys will be included as part of the solution and will benefit from an equal gender environment that is safe and fair for all children. Still, we can see the barriers that are holding girls back and we need to address them.
- We worked with girls, young women, partners and city governments to provide safe environments for girls in Kampala in Uganda, Hanoi in Vietnam, and Honiara in Solomon Islands. By promoting the voice and participation of girls in these three cities we are enabling them to create the space to influence other aspects of their lives.
- Our positive parenting programs with mothers and fathers, and respectful relationships and gender equality programs with girls and boys created more supportive environments for girls in Indonesia, Ethiopia, Laos, Vietnam, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Papua New Guinea. Girls in participant communities have better opportunities to attend early childhood learning and schooling, benefit from more protective environments, and have expanded opportunities to realise their full potential.
- We scaled up our work on understanding the specific challenges faced by girls in the countries we work in and initiated more evidential and responsive programs to address the specific vulnerabilities of girls in conflict and disasters, focusing on South Sudan, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Zimbabwe. This work has reinforced our need and commitment to focus our programs, humanitarian and development, on the lived reality and specific challenges faced by girls. As a result of this we are adapting and focusing our programs to address issues such as menstrual hygiene management, protection from the risk of abuse and discrimination, enhanced access to sexual and reproductive health services, and reinforcement of legal rights.
Leading a global movement for girls
Girls are amongst the most excluded, under-privileged and disempowered groups in the world. We believe this needs to change in order to create a fairer world for all children. We will become a catalyst for change while engaging with young people to help amplify their voices on the issues impacting them. We can’t do it alone. We will engage and work with others to push for change, and we will use the Sustainable Development Goals as a tool to ensure our goals are tracked and achieved.
- We amplified the voices of girls and young women through research into online safety, safety in public spaces and Everyday Sexism and expanded our youth activist leadership training from Melbourne to Sydney.
- We trialled an online mapping tool, Free to Be to highlight safety concerns of young women in public spaces linked to our work internationally for Safer Cities in Hanoi, Kampala, Cairo, Delhi and Lima.
- More than 5,000 people joined us in taking action for girls and vulnerable children.
Monitoring, evaluation and learning.
We are committed to implementing strong Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning across our work. To do this, we developed a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Framework (MELF) to provide a common understanding on what is relevant and important to monitor in each of our projects and programs. The framework promotes outcomes based monitoring and learning to ensure that our work is aligned with our global, organisational and program strategies and it identifies, captures and makes sense of our progress against these strategies.
Our progress is reviewed annually against key indicators in the MELF. Our inaugural assessment that was conducted from September – November 2017 included: 10 standard one-country end-of-project evaluation reports, two mid-term evaluation reports, two multi-country evaluation reports, four assessment or research documents, three monitoring reports, four assessment tool (field monitoring) documents, one advocacy document and one policy review. This helps us document the change we are achieving with our programs and sets a baseline for years to come.
Each evaluation explored value for money – we view value for money as achieving the right balance between economy, efficiency, effectiveness and equity. This echoes our commitment to improving the lives of the poorest and most marginalised within the communities with which we work.
In the coming years we will share our learnings against this framework so you can see how we’re tracking.
View the framework here.