In 2019, End Violence piloted the pathfinding concept in a small numbers of cities and districts with strong political commitment to ending violence against children. By working within cities, the partnership hopes to rapidly scale the number of children reached — taking advantage of the fact that today, more than half the world's population lives in urban centers.
This approach is vital, especially because national systems may not always capture the realities of rapidly changing urban areas. Cities also provide a contained framework to incubate and test new modalities of implementation, which can be scaled nationally if successful.
Within 12 months of becoming a pathfinding city, government leaders are expected to make a public commitment to ending violence by:
- Appointing a senior city government focal point;
- Convening and supporting a multi-stakeholder group to build consensus;
- Adapting and developing an evidence-based intervention plan; and
- Consulting with children and following partnership standards on child participation.
Within 18 months, programming and implementation research should begin. By observing existing efforts within cities on safe spaces, good parenting, and the implementation of violence prevention laws, practitioners and researchers in pathfinding cities are better understanding what is working — and failing — to end violence against children. They are also incorporating INSPIRE strategies, which provide evidence-based solutions to ending violence, into work forces, organisations, structures and high-level policies. By testing INSPIRE interventions, pathfinding cities are trying out new methods to prevent violence against children.