Knowledge for Prevention
The Knowledge for Prevention (K4P) project was designed to address the ongoing research and policy gaps around the vulnerabilities of children recruited and used in violence.
Despite being a phenomenon that continues to occur in conflicts around the globe, reliable and timely information to inform prevention efforts is still lacking. Thus, new methodologies are required to enhance existing knowledge and gain a better understanding of this global issue.
Through increasing our collective understanding of the factors that precede child recruitment into violence, the K4P project aims to shape the early warning to early action field, by providing timely alerts to strengthen early and collaborative response mechanisms to better protect children in conflict environments.
The K4P project has three interrelated areas of focus:
Develop an early warning system for the recruitment and use of children as soldiers, including the development of the first dataset on evidence of recruitment and use by non-state armed groups globally.
Incorporate child-centered indicators within early warning systems monitoring of conflict prevention.
Use the knowledge gained to improve prevention mechanisms to better protect children and prevent recruitment.
Connecting with new partners and sharing knowledge is a core priority of the K4P project. Looking forward, the Dallaire Institute seeks to better understand from practitioner and community perspectives the early warning indicators that precede recruitment and use, and what must be done to ensure that early warning is effectively translated into early and collaborative action.
As part of the project, an annual symposium is held to bring together actors in the early warning, child protection and recruitment prevention fields to share knowledge and foster new collaborations.
Although the present global pandemic presents many challenges to the humanitarian and development fields, the Dallaire Institute has found new and creative ways to engage and continue the important work of the K4P project. Compounded by a global health crisis, the vulnerability of children’s rights globally remains a pressing concern. Now more than ever, our collective efforts to prioritize the rights of children affected by armed conflict are essential.