To increase the psychosocial wellbeing of children living in war-affected areas, long term aid is needed. Consequently War Child programmes take several years. For each programme country a long-term strategy is formulated and annual plans are drawn up based on this. Normally this long-term strategy has three phases: development of the programme, full scale implementation and phasing out War Child’s share in the programme. In the phasing out stage the programme is gradually transferred to local organisations.
Ultimately, three factors determine the departure of War Child:
- The environment has become more peaceful, decreasing the urgency for aid to children.
- External, unexpected reasons including deterioration of the situation (resurging conflict, famine, flocks of refugees) or the lack of co-operation of (local) government.
2. Objectives of the programme
- The ability of children and young people to grow up healthily in a peaceful environment has increased. In practice this is shown by an increase in protective factors versus risk factors.
- On a local level governments, local aid organisations and adults are more responsibly providing for the needs of children and complying with their rights.
3. Objectives for the capacity enhancement of organisations
- The objectives for capacity enhancement in eight areas have been reached.
After termination of the co-operation with partner organisations, they are still part of a worldwide network of War Child partner organisations. This way War Child can keep in touch with these organisations, albeit often informally, and they can support each other by exchanging knowledge and expertise. War Child can also continue to be informed about developments.