Guided by the Core Commitment for Children, UNICEF Chad strives for the realization of child rights in Chad.
Women and children under 18 years old, who represent 57% of the total population of 11 million, have been particularly affected by the political instability and structural socioeconomic weaknesses that Chad has suffered since its independence. In addition, Chad has taken in refugees from Sudan and the Central African Republic, and hosts numerous internally displaced people. The country is also vulnerable to extreme weather events (partly because of climate change), particularly droughts and floods, which already represent a threat to the survival of the most vulnerable and marginalized children and women. Nevertheless, Chad is currently forging a new political stability both within and beyond its borders. This new context allows the government and its partners to launch the early recovery process and to plan longer-term investments in development. Moreover, increased government revenues, fed by oil revenue, are offering the opportunity to allocate additional resources to the country’s social sectors.
To contribute to the realization of child rights in this complex context, UNICEF Chad concentrates its efforts on the following focus areas:
- Child Survival and Development
- Basic Education and Gender Equality
- Child Protection
- Strategic Communication: External Relations & Communication for Development (C4D)
- Social Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation
- Humanitarian Action and Emergency Response