United Nations Children's Emergency Fund

The United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. Active in more than 190 countries and territories through country programmes and National Committees, UNICEF is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and strives to establish children’s rights as enduring ethical principles and international standards of behaviour towards children.

The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitments to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favouritism. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the CRC, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

UNICEF responds in emergencies to protect the rights of children in coordination with United Nations partners and humanitarian agencies.  UNICEF aims, through its country programmes, to promote the equal rights of women and girls to support their full participation in the political, social and economic development of their communities.

The Government of Swaziland and UNICEF programme of cooperation 2016 -2020 will focus on three programme components; young child survival and development, adolescent protection , learning and development and programme effectiveness.

1. Young Child Survival and Development: This component aims at achieving the following outcome by end 2020: Young girls and boys will be immunised, healthy, registered at birth and ready for school.  The programme will focus on strengthening national capacities to provide an essential package of high impact HIV – sensitive integrated maternal, new-born and child health (MNCH) services to ensure healthy growth and development especially during a child's first 1,000 days of life.

2. Adolescent Protection, Learning and Development: This component aims at achieving the following outcome by 2020: Adolescent girls and boys aged 10-19 years have increased protection from violence and access to quality health services and secondary education.  The focus will be on achieving results for adolescents through increased investment, better national coordination and the provision of services tailored to adolescents, particularly in areas of protection against violence, education and quality learning outcomes and HIV prevention, care and treatment.

3. Programme Effectiveness: this component supports programme delivery and managing for results and comprises: evidence generation and planning, monitoring and evaluation, social protection and strategic communication, advocacy, resource mobilisation and partnerships.