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What Lies Beneath, a CRIN report - 2018 edition

Author: CRIN
Document Type: Reports
Document Abstract:

To whom it may concern,

This is not an annual report. So forget the summary of what we’ve been up to or the impact assessment showing how great we are. None of this changes the world we live in for the better, so why continue doing it? Don’t get us wrong, this isn’t defeatism; it’s a new vision.

It has often felt like our role as NGOs, and in particular as CRIN, has been to complain about what’s wrong with the world, fueling people’s despair about the total lack of respect for or recognition of children as rights holders. But stories of despair make us feel powerless, and this approach to children’s rights makes it easy to fall into a comfortable hopelessness. But this has to change, otherwise we will come to struggle to justify our existence.

And the change has to start within ourselves. That every year the global picture of children’s rights violations grows darker should make us question if what we’re doing is what’s actually necessary. This is something we’ve asked ourselves at CRIN. And it’s something that we’re inviting you to question too. We want to take a critical look at our victories and our failures both as CRIN, but more broadly as a children’s rights community.

So to repeat: this is not an annual report; it’s an invitation. One that invites you into our current thinking, probing how we approach children’s rights. This might lead us to change what we do, how we do it and who we do it with. And in a world where pragmatism reins back actions and where we do things simply because it’s what others in the sector do, we feel there are two key elements missing in our approach: idealism and critical thinking.

Fighting for a more just world for children, however, is not just the job of NGOs; it’s a collective responsibility. And as with any movement, the power is precisely in the collective.

In sum, we want to better define what it is we’re fighting for, rather than just repeating what it is we’re fighting against.

So let’s put our despair to one side, think outside the box and ask: if you could change one thing to make a perfect, rights-respecting world, what would it be?

This report is our take on this question.

 

The CRIN Team

In out attempt to answer the question, we worked out that our role as NGOs, and in particular as CRIN, has been to complain about what’s wrong with the world, fuelling people’s despair about the lack of respect for or recognition of children as rights holders, without changing things for the better. But this has to change, otherwise we will come to struggle to justify our existence.

So under a new vision, rooted in idealism and self-criticism, we’re realigning how we work. As a preview, we’ve resolved that rather than just repeating what it is we’re fighting against, we want to better define what it is we’re fighting for. With this report, we start by answering a simple question: if we could change one thing to make a perfect, rights-respecting world, what would it be?


Focus Country: World
Language: English
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