Sweden and the United Nation’s children’s fund in Bosnia formed a partnership to improve the country’s child protection sector in the next four years, with financial support in the amount of around $2 million.
“Child protection interventions are interlinked and require many sectors to engage, and at times, require bold innovations. Therefore, it is important to have predictable, relatively flexible funding for child protection that surpasses project-based activities. The approach that Sweden is taking under this new grant represents a solid base for sustainable partnership. I would like to congratulate Sweden for pioneering such an approach, and to reaffirm UNICEF’s commitment to achieving results for children. We will honor Swedish trust and confidence in us under this new era of partnership,” said UNICEF Representative in Bosnia, Geeta Narayan.
Head of the Swedish International Development Agency in Bosnia, Marie Bergström, said that Sweden is happy to support the UNICEF Country Program Document with focus on child protection: “This is for us a modern way of working, going away from project support to a trustful, flexible and equal partnership. We are happy seeing different agencies and institutions working together under this project in BiH. Children and young people deserve our full attention.”
The new partnership will enable UNICEF and its partners to enhance children’s protection from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation, prevent unnecessary family separation and improve children’s access to justice. Key expected results include.