Children First: Better public spending for better outcomes for children and families

Report from Eurochild Annual Conference 2014 in Bucharest, Romania

Eurochild’s 11th Annual Conference, co-hosted by Hope and Homes for Children Romania, took place 26-28 November 2014 in Bucharest, on the theme of “Better public spending for better outcomes for children and families”. Evaluation Methodologies, Public-Private Partnerships and Social Return on Investment were the three cross-cutting themes of the three-day event, bringing together representatives of civil society, government, professionals, researchers and young people themselves from 36 countries.

The Conference came at an important time with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child preparing a General Comment on Better Public Spending and the ongoing work around the implementation of the European Commission’s 2013 Recommendation on Investing in Children. Among others, the conference report highlights the need for authorities to invest more and better in children; the importance of preventive services; the value of participation of children and young people; and the importance of evaluating and monitoring budgets for their spending on children.

Read the report here.

Visit the conference website for more information.