Knowledge for Prevention

K4P Workshop Participants

About K4P

The Knowledge for Prevention (K4P) project is designed to address ongoing research and policy gaps around children’s recruitment and use in armed 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. New methodologies are required to enhance existing knowledge and gain a better understanding of this global issue.

Thus, the project seeks to better understand the indicators that precede children’s recruitment and use as part of both state and non-state armed groups.

Predictive Model

Over the past two years, the Dallaire Institute has developed a predictive model for estimating the likelihood of children’s vulnerability to recruitment and use at the country level, as well as the first dataset on evidence of recruitment and use by non-state armed groups globally (2010 to 2020).

At present, the predictive model is able to estimate situations of recruitment and use with 86% accuracy and continues to be refined and advanced. The Dallaire Institute would like to thank its advisory bodies, youth forum, and early warning-based community of practice for their ongoing collaboration and support. 

The K4P project has three interrelated areas of focus:

Develop an early warning system for the recruitment and use of children as soldiers.

Incorporate child-centered indicators within broader early warning systems of conflict prevention.

Use the knowledge gained to improve prevention mechanisms to better protect children in conflict environments.

Ultimately, the K4P project aims to shape the early warning to early action field by providing timely alerts to strengthen early and collaborative response.

Third Annual International Symposium

The Dallaire Institute is pleased to invite you to join us online for our third annual K4P international symposium on November 18 and 19, 2021.

This year’s symposium will comprise multiple online discussions focused on prioritizing children’s perspectives and diverse voices in global early warning on preventing the recruitment and use of children.

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.

To register for this year’s symposium, please click here.

Video Highlights from K4P 2021