Development policy

ERIKS Development Partner

ERIKS’ theory of change, towards a better world where children’s dreams come true

ERIKS Development Partner (ERIKS) operates within a continuously changing world. ERIKS’ development work and commitment to the fulfilment of the rights of the child is guided by its identity and its values: the spirit of Erik Nilsson (the founder of ERIKS), Christian values and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

The picture below describes ERIKS’ approach to development and its theory of change. The purpose is to illustrate how ERIKS believes that positive change takes place, i e how its vision of a better world where children´s dreams come true can be reached.

Rights of the child are not fulfilled

At the starting point of the theory of change are situations where the rights of the child are not fulfilled, which is motivating change. Violations of children´s rights are closely connected to situations of poverty and vulnerability. Hence, fighting poverty and vulnerability and promoting the rights of the child goes hand in hand. When the rights of the child are neglected, efforts to reduce poverty and vulnerability are hampered. In the same way, poverty is a hindrance to the fulfilment of the rights of the child.

The process of change towards the fulfilment of ERIKS’ vision is complex. Therefore, the theory of change and its different components, as illustrated above and described in ERIKS Development policy, is a simplified picture of the reality. It aims at explaining the rationale of ERIKS’ work and how the organisation would like to promote its vision. This process is not linear, but characterised by interactions between the different actors (children, moral duty-bearers and legal duty-bearers). In order for the interaction between these actors to take place in the best interest of the child, ERIKS has decided on a number of strategic approaches (Human Rights-based Approach, Child Participation, Resilience and Partnership with Civil Society) that are further elaborated in ERIKS Development Policy.

Focus on four areas

As a child rights organisation, ERIKS has chosen to focus its work on four areas, which all are crucial to reach the organisations´ vision and mission:

  • The right to education and leisure
  • The right to health
  • The right to protection
  • Humanitarian assistance and DRR (Disaster Risk Reduction)

In all its programmes, ERIKS is promoting increased understanding and application of the UNCRC.