The Children’s Policy and Funding Initiative seeks to elevate critical issues affecting children and adolescents globally and to influence the U.S. government to treat these issues as a top priority in U.S. diplomacy, policy, and foreign assistance.
Children around the world are at increased risk of violence, learning loss, food insecurity, sexual abuse and exploitation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that an estimated 1.5 million children around the world have lost a parent or caregiver due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic remains a critical threat that has intensified violence, loss, and trauma for children.
Research is clear. Children's exposure to such severe abuse, insecurity, isolation, and trauma can have longterm consequences on their physical, psychological, and social well-being and lead to broader economic and security consequences for societies and nations. More than ever, investments in children and young people are critical for our future.
The U.S. Government is an important provider of assistance globally. Too often, the needs of children and youth are overlooked in policy and funding decisions. Young people from marginalized communities are at even greater risk of exclusion. A government-wide approach is needed that systematically and intentionally explores and acts on the needs of children and youth as a priority in policy, programming, and funding decisions.