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Counting Pennies 2: Analysis of official development assistance to end violence against children

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ChildFund Alliance,Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children,Plan International,Save the Children International,UNICEF, United Nations Children's Fund,World Vision International

Violence against children impacts more than one billion children and costs world economies US$7 trillion annually. In 2015, the world’s leaders listed violence against children as one of the top priorities in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, thus acknowledging its serious impact on the health, education and long-term wellbeing of children and societies.

Since then, an increasing number of countries have committed to accelerate progress in ending violence against children. However, progress has been slow and further undermined by the outbreak of COVID-19.

Lack of political will and investment in child protection by national governments and donors are considered some of the critical obstacles to achieving results. However, without adequate mechanisms to monitor budget allocations at national or international levels, the quantity and effectiveness of investments are often difficult to determine. 

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