A flexible approach to governance


A ‘founding’ governance structure has been designed to serve the needs of a start-up organization. The three main structures are a large and representative high-level Board, a smaller and more streamlined senior-level Executive Committee, and a lean Secretariat staff who are hosted in the UNICEF headquarters in New York City. In addition the associated Fund is governed by a small Steering Committee. The Partnership’s governance is expected to evolve as the Partnership evolves. 


The founding Board formally endorses the vision, mission, principles and strategy. As the highest body of the Partnership, Board members are eminent individuals who lend the Partnership the influence, access and range of perspectives it needs to secure political and financial support to end violence against children in all countries.


The Board is primarily constituency-based. It includes representative seats for governments, United Nations agencies, civil society organizations including faith groups, philanthropic foundations, and the private sector. It also includes independent seats for researchers, academics, and child advocates.


The founding Co-Chairs are Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF and H.E. Minister Ummy Ally Mwalimu, Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender Elderly and Children, United Republic of Tanzania.


The founding Executive Committee provides the critical link between the Board activities and the technical operations of the Partnership. Under the ultimate authority of the Board, the Executive Committee acts as a forum for debate and development of the strategic agenda for the Partnership, as well as for engagement and involvement of key working-level representatives of the partners – increasing ownership of strategy, policies and operations among partners.


The Executive Committee composition reflects, but does not represent, the diverse organizations, networks and countries in the Partnership. Members are senior experts, professionals and/or influencers who possess the authority to make commitments and effect change within their own institutions to support the Partnership goals. In addition, they have the capacity to provide significant time and resources to the critical start-up phase of the Partnership.


The founding Chair of the Executive Committe is Kathleen Cravero, President of the Oak Foundation. Etienne Krug, Director of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, and Trihadi Saptoadi, Global Partnership Leader - Ministry Impact and Engagement at World Vision,  serve as Vice-Chairs.


The Steering Committee of the End Violence Fund has been designed to maintain independence from and alignment with the End Violence partnership.  The Fund Steering Committee sets overall programme funding priorities and allocation criteria for the Fund consistent with the purposes and the overall objectives of the Partnership, and establishes the principles that govern the grant-making activities of the Fund.



End Violence Against Children

The Global Partnership and Fund

End Violence Against Children

The Global Partnership