Our Approach

Our Axes of Intervention

We insist on promoting exchange and cooperation between state and civil society for action which is reciprocal, responsible and sustainable. It is thereby crucial to include everyone involved.


Based on many years of experience in working on projects for children and young people in Africa, we are active in the following fields of intervention:

  1. Work with the State as primary responsible for the implementation of children’s rights.
  2. Work with the civil society (associations, groups, networks and individuals) as legal representative and promoter of children’s rights.
  3. Implementation of rights for particular children in critical situations.
  4. Advocacy and formation of networks on international levels in Germany.


These axes of intervention are defined in the project goals which are filled with content by concrete activities. The implementation of projects is predominantly managed by our local partner organisations, which are advised and supported by us.

Our target groups

  • Children and young people without families or stable family circumstances/ street children
  • Children and young people in exploitative working environments/ domestic servants, slaves, etc.
  • Children, victims of child trafficking and organised crime.
  • Children and young people who are subject to abuse and violence (including sexual abuse and ill-treatment of children accused of witchcraft)
  • Children and young people in conflict with the law/ detained in police custody or jail
  • Child soldiers and children and young people as victims of armed conflicts
  • Children and young people with disabilities
  • Children and young people who have no access to basic education or schooling (including early education for infants)

Our involvement is based on

  • The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
  • The African Charter for the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC)

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child was passed on November 20th 1989 and ratified by all states except the U.S. and Somalia. It is the first worldwide, cross-national treaty which deals solely with child protection. The focus is on the child as a person with fundamental rights who needs protection and is not just an ‘object’ of help. This approach has changed the perception and status of children and has led to new, rights-based measures for the protection of children and young people.

The African Charter for the Rights and Welfare of the Child additionally considers regional, cultural and social aspects particular to Africa. This charter was agreed on by the Conference of the Heads of State and Government on July 11th 1990. It came into effect in November 1999 and has been ratified by 45 African states since. It grants children the same rights as the CRC but at the same time highlights their duties in society.

Despite much progress, the rights established in the CRC and the ACRWC are only respected to an unsatisfactory degree in most countries, particularly in Africa. Often, there is a lack of proficiency and resources to implement these basic human rights.

Basic Principles

  1. All projects supported by KiRA contribute towards promoting rights for children and young people in their individual living environment; cultural and religious values are respected as long as these do not breach the general rights of people and children.
  2. KiRA demands that projects serve as models. This means they must be adapted to the local culture, be carried out by the population and have adequate funding to put them into practice. We also want both our partner organisations and the population to have the openness, curiosity and courage to get involved in innovative measures.
  3. In accordance with our basic understanding of the responsibility of the individual for their own actions, campaigns should grow from our own initiative; only then can they be sustainable. To this effect, one of our basic principles is that project ideas and the engagement for implementing rights for children and young people derive from our African partner organisations.
  4. Nevertheless, we are proactive ourselves when learning about less known violations of children’s rights by starting suitable initiatives and research, as well as finding partners or alliances to fight these incidents.
  5. All projects promote autonomy of our project partners as well as the target groups, e.g. children and their families. This enables them to put forward their own requests and realise their rights. Hence, by empowering our target groups, their rights are promoted sustainably.
  6. This is particularly relevant for children and young people who would like to engage in asserting their own specific needs. Their requests should be considered, supported and promoted (participation of children and young people).
  7. Girls and young women require particular consideration since they are more often prone to violence, discrimination and social exclusion in our project areas. They are supported to respond to their specific interests and incorporate these into projects (empowerment / consideration of gender aspects).
  8. We promote the collaboration with other national and international organisations, as well as work within networks, as long as they are concerned with shaping an environment which protects children’s rights.
  9. The cooperation with local implementing partnerns requires intensive exchange, openness and clarity in administration, finance and personnel management.
  10. With regard to our shared responsibility, KiRA expects adequate financial, material and personal participation from the partners and target groups.
  11. KiRA finances projects using its own resources (donations), and engages in raising funds from German and international funding partners.
  12. The structure of the partner organisation should be straightforward and the administration should be clear. Major decisions should be made democratically obtaining and considering the opinion of all parties involved.
  13. The staff adminisatration of the organisation is open to age and gender, nationality, ethnicity and religion. It rejects discrimination and is based on the laws and regulations in force in the particular country.
  14. KiRA’s code of conduct with regard to corruption and sexual abuse of children is also adhered by our partner organisations and signed by all staff members.

Picture above: legal assistance for detained children in R. D. Congo. © KiRA

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