What is this all about?
The NCFC and its partners forge the process forward to develop the new Children’s Agenda 2017-2030 as a second iteration to the National Plan of Action (NPA) 2004-2015.The National Plan of Action for Children and Adolescents (NPA) 2004-2015 prioritized actions on behalf of children in the areas of Education, Health, Child Protection, HIV/AIDS, Family and Culture. The NPA Work Plans contains the planned results and implementation strategies and actions for the various programmes set in place for welfare of families and children.
- Education: To provide accessible and affordable quality education that equips students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes for moral, mental, and physical development and self-fulfilment so that they can become creative and productive citizens.
- Health: To provide conditions that ensures the optimum health of children and adolescents.
- Child Protection: To safeguard the rights of children and adolescents, especially those at risk.
- HIV/AIDS: To combat the spread of HIV/AIDS and minimize its effects on children and adolescents.
- Family: To promote the right of children and adolescents to grow up in a nurturing family environment
- Culture: To provide accessible and affordable programs that enable children to develop a sense of self and a healthy respect and appreciation for the diverse culture in Belize and due care for, and attention to, the principles of gender equality.
What did we learn?
As the process neared its end, the NCFC commissioned an evaluation of the NPA for Children and Adolescents 2004-2015 which identified key lessons learned which has become useful to inform the new development agenda for children and adolescent and broadly, other national development initiatives undertaken in similar context.
- NPA benefitted from Bi-Partisan participation and extensive consultation with relevant stakeholders in both public and civil society.
- The assessment of the NPA process and outcomes clearly demonstrates that while the document was a really good one, over the years, it remained static.
- The importance of continuous coordination, networking and collaboration, bringing all stakeholders including children and adolescents to the table, cannot be underestimated and are critical to the success of any plan.
- special attention should have been given and included in the NPA itself to the capacity strengthening of the NCFC as the body with the main responsibility of coordinating the NPA.
- NPA M&E considerations lagged behind development of the NPA by about two years; ideally this should have been undertaken simultaneously to ensure a more robust design and development phase.
- It is important to note that the NPA has contributed to a nascent culture of M&E in the social sector and more broadly national development. The existence of the NPA M&E subcommittee is recognized and called upon periodically to provide technical support to other national processes, for example, MDGs and GSDS.
The NPA acted as a working tool to undertake and accomplish the national and international objectives set for Belize in relations to families and children. It is with that underpinning that the new 2017-2030 Long Term Results Framework and the 2017-2019 are aligned to the Horizon 2030 National Framework as well as the Global Goal that end 2030 as well.
Where do we go now?
The NCFC and its partners has charted the process to develop the new 2017-2030 Long Term Results Framework and the 2017-2019 Short Term Plan aligned to the Horizon 2030 National Framework as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS). As well as, the national sector strategies and action plans grounded in extensive participatory consultations which will assist to ensure relevance and successful inputs from beneficiaries.