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Foundations for an Egypt Child Rights Index

EGRI for Children:
Foundations for an Egypt Child Rights Index as instrument for evidence-based child-friendly public policies
Dennis Arends
UNICEF, Egypt
Moushira Khattab
National Council for Childhood and Motherhood, Egypt
Abstract: This purpose of this paper is to develop the foundation of an instrument that that facilitates tracking progress and reporting against international development frameworks and human rights instruments to which Egypt is signatory. Building on previous work done on human development and child well-being indicators globally and in Egypt as well as initiatives supported by UNICEF in various countries in Latin America, it proposes a conceptual framework for an Egypt Child Rights Index. The Index is tool that can be used both as a technical monitoring instrument and a policy instrument that contributes to child-friendly and evidence-based public policies as well as more transparent and direct access to information.
After an introduction of the purpose of the paper and the questions it aims to answer, section 2 describe the major international development frameworks and importance to monitor these commitments. Then section 3 describes the characteristics and potential of composite indices as technical monitoring tools as well as policy instrument. Section 4 sets the foundation for a human rights-centred Egypt Child Rights Index (EGRI). The dimensions, indicators and mathematical formula for the EGRI will be discussed in sections 5 through 8. Requirements and options for each of these characteristics will be presented and advantages and disadvantages discussed. At the end of each section, a proposal for the EGRI will be made. The last section 9 will conclude with a summary of the proposal for the Egypt Child Rights Index and will indicate further work required to apply the concept and make it a genuine monitoring and policy tool.
EGRI for Children: Foundations for an Egypt Child Rights Index as instrument for evidence-based child-friendly public policies
Dennis Arends; UNICEF, Egypt
Moushira Khattab; National Council for Childhood and Motherhood, Egypt
This purpose of this paper is to develop the foundation of an instrument that that facilitates tracking progress and reporting against international development frameworks and human rights instruments to which Egypt is signatory. Building on previous work done on human development and child well-being indicators globally and in Egypt as well as initiatives supported by UNICEF in various countries in Latin America, it proposes a conceptual framework for an Egypt Child Rights Index. The Index is tool that can be used both as a technical monitoring instrument and a policy instrument that contributes to child-friendly and evidence-based public policies as well as more transparent and direct access to information.
After an introduction of the purpose of the paper and the questions it aims to answer, section 2 describe the major international development frameworks and importance to monitor these commitments. Then section 3 describes the characteristics and potential of composite indices as technical monitoring tools as well as policy instrument. Section 4 sets the foundation for a human rights-centred Egypt Child Rights Index (EGRI). The dimensions, indicators and mathematical formula for the EGRI will be discussed in sections 5 through 8. Requirements and options for each of these characteristics will be presented and advantages and disadvantages discussed. At the end of each section, a proposal for the EGRI will be made. The last section 9 will conclude with a summary of the proposal for the Egypt Child Rights Index and will indicate further work required to apply the concept and make it a genuine monitoring and policy tool.

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