We teamed up with organisations like Save the Children, SOS Children’s Villages and World Vision to look at how much official development assistance is invested in ending violence against children.
The report, Counting Pennies: A review of official development assistance to end violence against children, shows that only a small fraction of official development assistance goes toward ending violence against children.
The impact of violence against children
Violence against children is an urgent and universal problem, affecting 1 billion children each year in every country and every community. The estimated economic cost of violence against children is between US$2 trillion and 7 trillion each year.
The impact of violence against children is often irreversible. It robs children of their dignity, their rights, their potential, and, too often, their lives.
Ending violence against children in all its forms is part of the global development agenda 2030 and for the first time, a global development priority. However to date, very little is known about the nature of expenditure targeted at preventing, or responding to, violence against children.
How much is invested in ending violence against children?
For the first time, we have estimated how much was invested over the course of a year through Official Development Assistance (ODA) into ending violence against children.
The results found that the total ODA spending for 2015 was US$174 billion. Of that, less than 0.6% was allocated to activities which focus solely on preventing violence against children, or which include a component aimed at keeping children from harm.
The 107 recipient countries had 1.66 billion children living in them in the reference year, yielding an average estimate investment of less than US$0.65 per child in a year.
Eighty per cent of all aid addressing violence against children was concentrated among six donors: Canada, United States of America, Sweden, United Kingdom, Germany and the European Union institutions.
Where is the aid spent?
Aid spending for ending violence against children is directed at countries where some of the most vulnerable children live.
Fifty per cent of all aid to end violence against children goes to two geographic regions: Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.
What can we do to change this?
One of the report’s main recommendations is for donors to track spending on a yearly basis to determine how international development assistance is contributing to achieving the Sustainable Development targets to end violence against children.