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Impact Report 2015 1


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© 2016 Graphic Design: Noemi Casula 2


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“ A message from the President of CIAI 2015 has been a very important year for CIAI. We have dedicated time and energy to gather our thoughts, among members, executive council, employees –both in Italy and abroad- about our identity, our history and about what has been achieved in these fifty years of activity. We have also reflected on the changing world we live in, the challenges we face and on the opportunity to change that are available, and that we want to pursue, in order to keeping up our work towards the support and empowerment of children. This work, which benefitted from the active participation of us all, has brought us to approve a new charter during the November assembly. This charter has had the main role to remind ourselves and to the outside world that we are an organization of people, and that the only way we want to continue being it is by increasing and improving the degree of participation. The changes made to the previous version of the charter have had the purpose to increase the participation of our members, strengthen all the mechanisms that promote transparency and accountability of both our actions and of the promotion of our values, and lastly to facilitate partnerships that will increase the effectiveness of our work. The 1408 CIAI members are people who share the willingness to defend children’s rights, dedicating to each child the same respect, care and attention we would dedicate to our own children, and who are profoundly aware of how much difference each and every one of us can make. For this reason, it is of paramount importance for us to try and explain what CIAI did in 2015, in the light of change we have already achieved in the life of many children, their families and the communities they live in. The results of our work are described in the following pages. While reading, it is crucial not to lose track of what numbers mean to us: each one of them represents a life, either of the children, the families or the communities, as well as of CIAI’s employees, members and sponsors who dedicate their time and effort to make this work a reality. Paola Crestani President of CIAI 3 “


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Why resist change when it’s the main source of your growth Robin Sharma, writer IMPACT REPORT With the term “impact” we refer to the measure of change. Depending on a determined starting point, CIAI’s intervention generates a change that, once the “amount of change” that would have happened anyway is subtracted, gives back the actual change triggered by our work. Telling CIAI’s story starting from our impact means exactly telling a story of actual change, rather than just of the work that was needed to get there. It is harder, indeed, as it ties us more strongly to our objectives, highlighting our successes but also what is left to do to get to a full achievements of all goals. In this report we started a path, which is still evolving, which has led us to mark the perimeter of change that will be achieved throughout 2015 and thanks to the introduction of a theory of change. We have focused our attention on the main results, which were highlighted by a thorough data collection which pointed out the most prominent elements needed to have a clear and straight forward reading of all the current activities. Through this viewCIAI has identified every individual as a right holder, and as such, the most accurate unit to evaluate with precision the impact of all interventions. Paolo Palmerini Director of CIAI 4


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INDEX 1 IDENTITY 7 2 MISSION & STATEGY Multiplying the value 8 3 2015 IN NUMBERS People: our beneficiaries (right holders) Economic information CIAI’s engine 4 CIAI IN THE WORLD 12 16 5 DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION Update Beneficiaries Principal outcome 6 INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTION Update Beneficiaries Principal outcome 27 31 7 FAMILY SERVICES Update Beneficiaries Principal outcome 34 8 SUPPORT ACTIVITIES Studies and Advocacy Communication Fundraising 37 9 GOVERNANCE AND ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE 43 10 STAKEHOLDERS 46 11 ACCREDITATION 47 12 FINANCIAL REPORT 5 50


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1 IDENTITY CIAI –Italian Association for Aid to Children – is a civil society organization that since 1968 works to promote and protect the rights of children in Italy and in the rest of the world. The rights and wellbeing of children and young people are the heart of CIAI’s work, developed by them, with them and for them. CIAI‘s purpose is to guarantee to our beneficiaries protection, health and education and to promote their inclusion in collaboration with the institutions through a systemic approach, that considers children in their family and in the community. Indeed the elements ofCIAI’s actions are: active participation and involvement of children and young people, and the deep knowledge of the contexts , that ensure the implementation of sustainable initiatives. CIAI is a non-governmental organization and a body authorized for intercountry adoption. Our goals from 1968. association doing intercountry adoptions in Italy years of activity adopted children active projects by year adoptive parents countries 7 Development Cooperation beneficiaries since 2010


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2 MISSION AND STRATEGY To achieve its mission “To promote recognition of a child as an individual person and defend its fundamental rights, wherever it may be”,CIAI follows the four fundamental principles stated in theCRC – theUNConvention on the Rights of the Child: no-discrimination; the best interests of the child; the responsibility of States in the international cooperation safeguarding childhood; and the participation of children and young people in the decision-making processes that concern them. The guiding values of CIAI are the following: • being always on the child’s side; • be secular and pluralist, and considers difference a value; • believe that people have equal dignity and rights; • be against war and any type of violence; • aim at excellence in the accomplishment of its mission. Multiplying the value In 2015 CIAI began to pursue the strategic objectives of the three-year Plan for 2015—2017: “Multiplying the value”. “CIAI has a great asset of experience, relationships and resources that have been built over time, considering the 47 years of activities”. Today, our responsibility is to expand this asset to contribute to make a positive change in the life of many children. This objective has been translated into a strategy, with two dimensions equally important: • extensive growth, as a result of an increased volume of activity: to do MORE! • intensive growth, as a result of the development of a theoretical and methodological thought: to do BETTER! The 47 years of history are an incalculable resource, a solid base for our interventions, but this does not prevent us to think of how we can expand and improve our work. This subject has guided our work in every moment: from the internal organization to the methodological improvements. Challenging ourselves is our way of pursuing excellence. Dimensions and interventions The strategy to achieve the mission assumes that to ensure the protection of children, health/nutrition, education and participation, we need to work on the dimensions of sustainable development: social, economic and environmental . The actions are conceived and implemented taking into account the aspects of sustainable human development that play a fundamental role on the effective enjoyment of rights by children through: • Resilience of families and communities; • Social inclusion and the fight against marginalization; • Gender equality and empowerment of women and girls; • Climate change adaptation, that has a direct impact in the wellbeing of children. 8


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Outcome areas The change in 2015 was pursued on four outcome areas related to the larger debate of the international community about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and to the fundamental rights of children recognized by the CRC. Protection of vulnerable children CIAI uses the term ‘Protection’ to refer to preventing and responding to abuse, neglect, exploitation, violence, and trafficking, as well as ensuring that children have a caring family. Education CIAI use the term ‘Education’ to refer to the right of every child to have a quality education that respects and promotes children optimum development, with special attention to the priorities: • early childhood care and education (0-6 years); • free and compulsory education for all (7-14 years); • learning and life skills for young people (15-25 years). Health and Nutrition Children’s participation CIAI use the term ‘Health and nutrition’ to refer to CRC, Art. 24: right of the child to enjoy of the highest attainable standard of health. The focus is given mainly to diminishing mothers, newborn and child mortality and combat disease and malnutrition. CIAI use the term ‘Children’s participation’ to refer to an informed and willing involvement of all children (including children at risk, vulnerable and those different able) in any matter concerning them (directly or indirectly). Art. 12 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child states that children have the right to: • participate in decision-making processes that may be relevant in their lives and to influence decisions taken in their regard - within the family, the school or the community. • express their views in all matters affecting them and requires that those views be heard and given due weight in accordance with the child’s age and maturity. • Children’s Participation is relevant to the exercise of all other children rights, but considering it as one of its priority areas of intervention CIAI looks to increase the spaces and opportunities for a meaningful child participation in all its countries of intervention. 9


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Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) On 2 August 2015, the 193 members of the UN reached an agreement on the new Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by world leaders during the New York Summit in which also civil society participated. The agreement identified 17 new Objectives for Sustainable Development aimed to eliminate poverty, promote economic prosperity and the wellbeing of people, and protect the environment by 2030, starting with the results of the eight Development Objectives of the Millennium that had previously been followed since 2000. The Secretary General of the UN stated that the new Agenda represents a historic turning point for the world. [Source]. CIAI has maintained its activity in line with the UN Objectives because it believes that the main global challenges – from the fight against poverty to the education for all – cannot be addressed without global efforts of all the actors moving in harmony. 10


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Child Protection Policy CIAI has a “Child Protection Policy” in respect of the children, which are the first beneficiaries of our interventions. The Policy defines the internal procedures that each employee of CIAI have to observe to reduce the risk of any kind of child abuse or negligence, outlining the methods to identify this behaviors and manage them promptly. CIAI feels to have a moral duty – not just a legal one – towards the children and wants to be a safe organization for them. This active and preventative approach, also defined as the Duty of Care, involves the responsibility of safeguarding minors, guaranteeing them an adequate level of protection during the implementation of the activities. The “Child Protection Policy” actually pursues the following objectives: • to increase the awareness of staff, volunteers and board members; • to prevent situations of risk; • to activate tools to report risk situations; • to act promptly to make sure that protective and supportive measures are taken in favor of the child. [Internal source: Child Protection Policy] Guidelines on children’s participation Child participation is a priority subject for CIAI and it has led to an internal reflection and to consolidate approaches, methodologies and tools used in the organisation. For this reason, this year we have published the “Guidelines on children’s participation”, which is an essential tool for all the staff working in our projects. [Internal source: Guidelines on children’s participation] ���������� �� ���������� ������������� ���� �������� ����� �������� ���������� � Accountability Accountability means having a responsibility towards our stakeholders and being accountable for what we accomplish is at the heart of all CIAI’s activity. Accountability for CIAI is a system of both internal and external accounting practices. All the activities and projects implemented are assessed at least quarterly by specific reports. Financial and economic information, collected quarterly, are consolidated in the balance sheet and in the profit and loss account as well. The Annual report, with the Financial Report and Mission report, is submitted to an internal check to ensure that it meets CIAI’s standards of accuracy and coherence. It is then examined by the Board of auditors, certified by an external body of audit and at last presented to the Executive board at the members’ Assembly, for approval. The Annual Report, along with the additional information, is then published. CIAI also produces financial and technical reports to various donors, both in Italy and abroad. Accountability towards the Countries where we operate is guaranteed through the submission of activity reports and financial reports to the competent Authorities. 11


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3 2015 IN NUMBERS Our beneficiaries (right holders). In 2015 CIAI has generated a positive change for 73, 116 beneficiaries. Intervention areas by beneficiaries Protection Education Health and Nutrition 17% Partecipation Protection has been main intervention area, if compared to total beneficiaries. Beneficiaries and Right Holders: They are the single persons for whom CIAI’s actions have generated a positive change. Following the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 and to the CRC of 1989, CIAI applies the Rights-Based Approach, putting at the center the person as right holder, in relation to those actors who have a particular obligation or responsibility to promote and realize human rights (duty bearers). In particular, all children and adolescents are right holders. Adults (parents, teachers, family etc.), together with the international community, must be responsible for the safeguarding and promotion of their rights. 12


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Economic information The reading of the Financial Report of an organisation as CIAI is complex and cannot be easily reduced to a single parameter. Nonetheless, CIAI’s transparency is also based on the legibility of economic and financial information. We therefore propose a multi - perspective reading of the figures of the Financial Report – which is, in any case, supplied in full at the end of this report – with the objective of providing some keys to do easier the reading and understanding of the economic and financial data. Funds by donor Private donors Istitutions Corporate Foundations and other The majority of the entries are distributed equally between institutional and private donors, confirming a good institutional position with correspondingly important support from the citizenship. Funds by destination Development Cooperation Adoption Mission Family Service Intercountry adoption is an economically reduced activity within CIAI’s Financial Report, constituting, together with the Family Services activities, less than a fifth of the total. It is noteworthy that an important part of the revenue (7%) is intended to support CIAI’s work without specifying a particular sector of activity (this category includes membership fees, the 5x1000 tax revenue and the social promotion). 13


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Expenditures by sector Development Cooperation Intercountry adoption Generals Fundraising Family Service Communication and Advocacy Costs are essentially dedicated to the direct activities of the 3 strategic sectors: Development Cooperation, Intercountry Adoption and Family Services, that accounts for 83% of costs, while those we often call “structural” costs (which include fundraising, communications and advocacy) cover 17%. Expenditures by kind of cost Disbursements Reserves Employees General expenses and services Consultants Amortizations Nearly half of CIAI’s expenses are intended to activities abroad or to development cooperation projects in Italy, while a quarter are funds set aside for future years. Given the nature of CIAI’s activities (services to people), it is not surprising that a significant part of funds (21%) go to professionals (consultants and staff) that carry out the activities and services. Expenses and general services that are not tied to strategic activities represent only 7% of total costs. 14


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CIAI’s engine Volunteers (1.902) Members (1.408) Employees and Collaborators Abroad (102) Employees and Collaborators in Italy (48) Psycho-social workers (26) Communication consultants (2) Our partners Our partners have been fundamental to the realisation of our operative and strategic objectives established for the three main sectors of Intercountry Adoption, Development Cooperation and Family Services, as well as in Advocacy. In 2015 we had 131 partners, including NGOs, local community groups, international organisations, Ministries, local and national authorities, research institutes and companies. Each one’s contribution, independent of its role, is added to the value produced by others and do possible the achievement of the goals that are difficult to reach without a collaborative logic. NGOs partners For Profit organizations Local and community based organisations Local authorities and Governments 15



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