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Who we are


The regional project is made up of Plan International Offices and regional civil society coalitions from East and South Asia


The Regional Project is jointly implemented by Plan International Asia Regional Office (ARO) and civil society partners from East and South Asia. Plan ARO provides technical support, facilitates the exchange of tools, skills, knowledge, and serves as the overall coordinating body of the project.  

In Southeast Asia, Child Rights Coalition Asia, a formally registered regional network of CSOs, leads the implementation of the Regional Project.

In South Asia, Group Development Pakistan, a local NGO, serves as the implementing partner to the project on behalf of all National Action and Coordination Group against Violence against Children (NACGs) as NACGs are not a formally registered organisation at the regional level. 


Plan International

Plan International is an international child-centred development organisation. Plan International’s vision is of a world in which all children realise their full potential in societies that respect people’s rights and dignity. Plan International works in 66 countries across the world, 48 of which are developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, and is supported by fundraising in 21 countries and by 4 regional offices as well as Plan International headquarters in the UK.

Child Centred Community Development (CCCD) is Plan International’s Child Rights approach in which children, families and communities are active and leading participants in their own development. This approach recognises the intrinsic link between poverty and rights, where poverty is both a cause and consequence of the denial of rights.

Plan International has identified eight thematic impact areas in which it can effectively contribute to the realisation of child rights by applying its CCCD approach and one of these areas is Child Protection. More recently, child protection received additional attention as one of Plan International’s two global priorities, the other being education.  

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Child Rights Coalition Asia (CRC Asia)

Established in November 2008, the Child Rights Coalition Asia (CRC Asia) binds together 11 civil society organisations into a network that upholds, promotes and mainstreams children’s rights and welfare into national and local policies, plans, and programmes.

The shared and long-term objectives of the coalition are to:

a) Identify and develop common positions across thematic and sector issues that have implications on children’s rights;

b) Promote children’s rights perspectives within the discourse and agenda of various thematic and sector concerns;

c) Enhance children’s rights analysis to inform and help improve the advocacies and actions of various thematic and sector concerns; and

d) Engage government and other duty bearers with an end view of promoting and ensuring accountability.

Key areas of work of the Coalition include advocacy, capacity building and knowledge building. In the long term, CRC Asia envisions that “Children in Asia fully enjoy their rights enshrined in the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), its Optional Protocols, and other related human rights treaties.” 

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National Action and Coordination Group against Violence against Children (NACGs)

NACGs, composed of Civil Society Organisations from the SAARC nations, are the integral components of SAIEVAC’s National Mechanisms. Organised in broader civil society coalition platforms, these organisations play an important role in creating opportunities for children to be involved in their own protection and facilitating different child and youth-led initiatives aiming at ending violence they are experiencing.

However, the NAGCs are not a formally registered organisation and hence GD Pakistan, as a member of the NACG Steering Committee, was selected by their peers as the formal partner to the Project for SAARC, through which funds will be channelled for the project. The Organisation is also formally the employee of the Partner Project Manager for NACGs. SAIEVAC Regional Secretariat has been performing the role of coordination and communication hub for the NACGs since its establishment, and will continue to extend similar support.   

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National coalition for children as zones of peace  (czoP) - NACG Nepal

Children as Zones of Peace National Campaign (CZOP) is a national coalition of organizations working in the field of child rights (Children & School as Zones of Peace). It was established in 2003 in order to undertake collective advocacy efforts and establish coordination for integrated approach to protect and promote the rights of children affected from armed conflict and all kinds of violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect. Currently, it has thirty- one members from national and international organizations as well as three observer members i.e. UNICEF, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS).

CZOP emerged as a movement that advocates for protection and promotion of children’s basic rights during and after armed-conflicts. Building up on the movements that developed in Nepal in early 2001, this coalition has forged to magnify and strengthen the efforts to declare children as Zones of Peace including establishment of Schools as Peace Zone. CZOP urges the adults and their institutions, state and non-state parties, to fulfill their obligations towards children in a strong, united, impartial and effective manner. And it was formally establish as loose network in 2003 August 20. And currently, registered in Kathmandu District Administration office (Regd. # 619-2073/074) under NGO registration act of Nepal and affiliated with Social Welfare Council (Affi. # 45246) and registered in Inland Revenue Department (PAN # 605773718).  

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BACKGROUND 2011-2015:

Up until 2015 Plan International Asia's Civil Society Regional Programme was comprised of the Plan International Country Offices of Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam. Within each of these countries, coalitions were formed by the local CSOs. Children and youth groups and organisations were created to give children a voice and allow them to participate in their own protection.

A number of inter-agency groups and forums, as well as donors provided the Programme with funding and additional support.



Child Rights Coalition Bangladesh 

NGO Coalition on the Rights of the Child - Cambodia

Children as Zones of Peace and Protection - Nepal

Child Rights Movement - Pakistan

Philippines NGO Coalition on the UNCRC

CRC Coalition Thailand

Vietnam Association for Protection of Children’s Rights

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