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UNICEF and communication for development: an integrated approach to developing capacity to produce communication for and with children

ByBarbara Kolucki

UNICEF is the acronym for the United Nations Children’s Fund, established in 1946 to provide food, clothing and health care to children who were facing famine and disease in, primarily, postWorld War II Europe.1 Its mandate was expanded in 1950 to address the needs of children and women in developing countries. It is unique among UN organizations in its partnerships with governments and grassroots organizations, forged to promote, protect and help realize the rights of children worldwide. UNICEF works to uphold the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) as well as other UN Conventions, such as those supporting Women and Persons with Disabilities.2 The current organizational priorities include: child survival and development; basic education and gender equity; HIV/AIDS and children; child protection; and policy advocacy and partnerships for children.