Eurochild Annual Conference: "Children First: Better Public Spending for Better Outcomes for Children & Families"

Eurochild's Annual Conference 2014 "Children First: Better Public Spending for Better Outcomes for Children & Families" will take place from 26-28 November 2014 in Bucharest, Romania.



Public spending must be for the public good. There is no more effective way of building more cohesive and resilient communities than investing in children and families, particularly the most vulnerable.

Eurochild's Annual Conference will address important questions around public spending choices. What evidence is needed for good decision-making? How should evidence be used? How can we measure long-term social return on investment? How does this influence budget decisions? What is the role of the public and private sectors? How do we ensure accountability in service delivery, as well as efficiency and effectiveness? How can we meaningfully involve and empower the children and families we support?

The conference will reflect on implementation of the 2013 European Commission Recommendation 'Investing in Children: Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage' and the broader Social Investment Package. It will look at how EU structural and investment funds can be better deployed in the next programming period to stimulate reforms and develop innovative practice.

The event is also set within the context of States obligations to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which celebrates 25 years in 2014. According to Article 4, all States Parties 'shall undertake measures [to implement the UNCRC] to the maximum extent of their available resources'. The UNCRC Committee has agreed to develop a General Comment on 'Public Spending to Realize Children's Rights' to which this conference can provide valuable input.

When: 26-28 November 2014

Where: Howard Johnson Grand Plaza Hotel, Bucharest, Romania

Structure: 2 and a half day programme with high-level speakers, plenaries, interactive sessions, workshops, study visits and much more

Themes: Three cross-cutting themes: Evaluation Methodologies, Social Return On Investment (SROI), and Public-Private Partnership


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