The U.S. government envisions a world in which all children thrive within protective, loving families, free from deprivation, violence, and danger. In addition, engaging youth and emerging leaders in development is essential to achieving the most important U.S. foreign policy objectives. The U.S. government and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has outlined its policy commitment to children and youth across a number of laws, strategies, and policies, including in the Global Child Thrive Act; the U.S. government strategy for international assistance, Advancing Protection and Care for Children in Adversity; and USAID’s Youth in Development Policy. This workshop included facilitators from USAID’s Inclusive Development Hub to discuss U.S. government foreign assistance programming for children, youth, and families. The facilitators made the case for targeted support to children and youth through foreign assistance and provide an overview of current policies, programming, and best practices. Facilitators also offered training on child safeguarding as well as positive youth development.
This event is co-sponsored by the Collaborative on Global Children’s Issues; Walsh School of Foreign Service; Center for Child and Human Development; Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service; Global Human Development Program; Global Health Institute; and Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University. It is part of the Children in a World of Challenges Workshop series.
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