Consortium for Street Children

The Consortium for Street Children (CSC) is the leading international network dedicated to realising the rights of street children. We focus on four key strategic areas: Advocacy, Research, Shared Learning and Capacity Building. CSC is continually expanding and currently has over 70 network members working across 130 countries.
Sep 12, 2011

Next Steps

Street children, Tanzania
Street children, Tanzania

CSC members based in Tanzania are busy at the moment: Arsenal football coaches have just arrived in Mwanza to train street children at the Caretakers of the Environment Tanzania centre, whilst Mkombozi have launched their Street  Business toolkit about how street children can spend the grants they receive effectively to help them start their new business ventures.

With regard to National Strategy for Street Children, the government has approved the new law for children which includes street children and UNICEF has been given the task of developing and translating it. There are some few organisations who are involved but currently the government is lacking the funding to continue this work.

The Consortium for Street Children is supporting NGOs including Mkombozi and Caretakers of the Environment to deliver effective projects for street children and supporting their role in the development of the National Strategy.

Jul 25, 2011

A force to be reckoned with...

Copyright Marcus Lyon/CSC
Copyright Marcus Lyon/CSC

2011 has seen some major advancements in getting street children's rights, and voices, recognised at an international policy level. As well as the UN passing a resolution on street children in March, the first specifically on street children in 17 years, CSC has commissioned a study which brings together all of the major street children research and literature from the last decade and analyses the gaps. This is vitally important because at present, official information and knowledge on street children is disparate and uncoordinated.  The study will be published later on in the the year and will be a valuable resource for anyone with an interest in street children, whether they be academics or practitioners in the field.

And as a direct result of the UN convention, the UN have also announced a major study which focuses on protecting and promoting the rights of children working and/or living on the street. The CSC study will complement this, and we will also play a role in delivering the UN study, which is due to be published in March 2012.

Jul 18, 2011

New round of funding begins

We are beginning the first phase of a grant scheme focussed on India. India has extremely high numbers of street children and CSC supports a number of grassroots projects based there. Once the funding target has been achieved we will invite network members in India to apply for grants to support the work they do on the ground. This funding helps ensure their projects are sustainable. We will award grants to those organisations that we know will make a real difference to the lives of street children.