In line with the End Violence Stakeholder Engagement Policy, governments can engage with End Violence as Partners and Members. As Partners they can engage in two ways:
- By making a public commitment to become a pathfinding country, which implies a broad multisectoral effort to end violence against children domestically and/or
- By making a public commitment to externally support End Violence as a donor or convener. To be considered an End Violence Partner, a formal expression of interest should be submitted to the Secretariat specifying commitments to end violence against children.
Pathfinding countries are those that commit to accelerate achievement of the End Violence goals. While every country is eligible to be pathfinding, it is expected that numbers will grow slowly, given the heightened levels of action this designation requires. Pathfinding countries will commit to three to five years of accelerated action, at the end of which they will have achieved ambitious goals for children and their pathfinding status will come to an end. For the purpose of this document we refer to countries, however, provincial and/or regional governments may also serve as pathfinding entities.
Pathfinding countries adhere to the End Violence principles. This means that their actions will be: rights-focused, child-centered, universal, gender-sensitive, inclusive, transparent, evidence-based, and results-focused. Using the framework below, the first stage for pathfinding countries will be to assess themselves against these principles. Adherence to these principles is a fundamental criteria for pathfinding entities. The process for self-assessment includes the following steps: identification of a sound process; dissemination of assessment results and actions planned in response; and regular reviews of the assessment.
In addition to the self-assessment outlined above, in order to qualify as pathfinding a country must:
- Send an expression of interest from a responsible minister or ministerial team to the Secretariat
- Appoint a senior level governmental focal point to lead the process
- Convene and support a multi-stakeholder platform to plan, deliver and evaluate actions
- Reinforce data collection by publishing an updated national study or survey
- Develop a roadmap that sets out commitments for two year as well as five year goals
- Identify the resources needed to implement the roadmap as well as how these resources will be mobilized
Commit to higher levels of analysis throughout the process and in particular:
- Monitoring delivery of the commitments in the roadmap
- Reporting annually and setting targets for the coming year
- Sharing learning and celebrating success during Solution Summits
*Pathfinding in humanitarian and fragile settings is outlined in the Country Guidance document.
Pathfinding countries will be regularly monitored against their commitments, including public disclosure at Solution Summits. End Violence will rely on its members and partners at country level to fully engage and support the leadership of the government. Pathfinding countries will receive tailored and intensified support from the End Violence Secretariat throughout this process. The countries listed above are current pathfinding Partners of End Violence, the list of countries and information therein is regularly updated.
Additional pathfinding partners: El Salvador, Jamaica, Philippines, Romania and Uganda