Youth Volunteers for Development and Environment Conservation (YOVENCO)

Child Led Research Findings Presentation

Child-Led Research Findings Presentation had been held at YOVENCO HQ Berbera. MESAF Regional coordination, YOVENCO Executive Director, school principals, parents, community committee members, and children attended the event.

Children-led research is part of the ILaalinta Carruurta Project funded by SCF and Implemented by YOVENCO in the Marodijeh and Sahil Regions.


Children are protected in communities and families.


it is important for children to participate, and it is about children having the opportunity to express their views, Influence decision-making, and achieve change. Participation for children is meaningful when they are empowered and is not about „doing something nice for and with children but it is a right that children are entitled to as right holders. In this regard, the project promotes child participation by actively involving children in different activities such as the child-led research activity.

Objectives Child-led research:


The objective of the child-led initiatives is a child to advocate families, communities, and governments to recognize the importance of child participation to the issues that affect children’s life. The children identified through the child-led research that their participation is low. They are concerned about the risks that children will meet from the construction of the Berbera corridor and roads constructed by the local authorities which have no road signs. Lack of the participation of the children in the budgeting for both local government budgeting and regional education office brought school challenges. The children identified that the quality of the education of the girl’s school is low due to the teaching materials particularly whiteboards.Hassan Ali Awale, and Saed Duad needed fans support.


Expected outcomes:


-Increased community awareness of child participation at family, community, and district levels.
-Creation of opportunity and Platform for children to address child-led research findings.
-Increased children’s capacity and confidence to the implementation of their initiatives
-Improved children’s capacity to advocate the crucial of child participation in schools, community centers, and local governments


A well-organized presentation ceremony for child-led research findings has been held at YOVENCO HQ in Berbera, the participants were welcomed and the MESAF coordinator and YOVENCO ED spoke at the ceremony while Iid Abdirahman who was one of the children who gathered the research explained the entire process of the child-led the research. The children were awarded certificates and gifts for their tremendous role in the child-led research.


Project background

The project aims to protect the most vulnerable and marginalized children, including children with disabilities, in Somaliland from multiple child protection risks and harms by building a child protection system that will be truly owned by the communities but will also have a strong link to relevant national laws and policies e.g. the Child Rights Act, the National Plan of Action for Children, the Child Protection Policy and the Alternative Care Policy, and the envisaged formal structures envisaged by these normative frameworks.


The project’s approach will apply a bottom-up approach by ensuring that women/men and girls/boys themselves identify key child protection issues in their communities through participatory community dialogues, awareness-raising sessions, and child-led research. Communities’ capacities to identify and respond to potential risks of abuse, violence, harm, and neglected will be a critical focus of the action. Work with religious leaders, influential people, and parents and caregivers will be important in order to catalyze community willingness to prevent and respond to child protection risks and concerns. This will lead to better awareness but also to sustainable and practical actions among families, communities, and children to challenge harmful attitudes and practices in regard to violence, abuse, exploitation, and neglect of girls and boys and therefore, address some of the root causes of child protection issues.


While a greater focus will be placed on strengthening the child protection system (both informal and formal) to prevent children from violence and abuse, the focus will at the same time been the provision of child and gender-sensitive child protection services. This will be achieved by improving coordination among formal and informal structures, by enhancing the capacity of formal and informal service providers, and by improving the implementation of child protection laws and policies at the national level.


The response to violence against children requires a coordinated and collaborative approach with all the different service providers working with and responding to protection issues affecting children in the project target areas.


In Somaliland, there has been recognition of the need to integrate broader development and systems approaches to child protection. Therefore, to establish a clear system/mechanism of coordinating both at field level and regional level while linking them both at field level and to the central one in Hargeisa, MESAF with the technical and financial support of SCI will be supporting to conduct coordination meetings to strengthen and improve the skills and capacity of child protection service providers from Hargeisa and Berbera.


For more detailed information please contact the project officer.


Name: Ayan Mohamed Ahmed

Title: program manager