Our Purpose is to build respect for children’s inherent human dignity, nurture their sense of belonging, and reinforce justice at all levels through the implementation of strengths based approaches to child rights. We aim to enhance the capacity of individuals, organizations, governments and young people to transform systems to fulfill their rights as defined by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
IICRD connects people, places,and practices to create dignity, belonging and justice for young people and our world.
We work in the spaces between sectors to connect them and among a vibrant network of thousands of child-focused innovators from more than 30 countries.
We strive to empower these innovators−from youth, parents, artists, Elders, social workers, educators,public servants, doctors, lawyers, academics, business people and social entrepreneurs−to not only help children survive, but to thrive.
We do this by providing our network with the tools to bring children’s rights to life through empathy, evidence and engaged action. In particular, we are tapping into our 20 years of experience to catalyze change for the most vulnerable young people in our society and help our partners demonstrate change in complex social environments using developmental evaluation tools and practices.
IICRD engages a small team of talented staff, Associates and Board Members located around the world from our home base in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.