A City Fit for Children: Mapping and Analysis of Child Friendly Cities Initiatives

61 Pages Posted: 10 Dec 2016 Last revised: 12 Jan 2017

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Loritta Chan

Institute of Geography

Esther Erlings

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

Suguru Mizunoya

Master of Global Political Economy Programme

Htet Thiha Zaw

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Date Written: December 8, 2016

Abstract

Over the two last decades, a number of States have implemented Child Friendly Cities (CFC) initiatives, designed to promote both children’s rights and children’s well-being at subnational level. However, limited research is available with respect to the global distribution of CFC initiatives, and the extent to which initiatives cover and effectively implement the nine constitutive elements of the Child Friendly Cities framework.

In this paper we address these issues by:

(1) mapping all registered CFC initiatives around the world to reflect their global distribution,

(2) analyze whether these initiatives cover the nine constitutive elements of the Child Friendly Cities framework and,

(3) provide a meta-analysis of challenges and good practices on the basis of a sample of the registered initiatives.

We conclude that the global distribution of CFC initiatives is uneven and that most CFC initiatives do not fully implement the CFC framework; they cherry-pick amongst elements, rather than cover the elements comprehensively. Our research also shows that, despite the existence of some good practices, there are recurrent challenges and limitations in respect of CFC initiatives that undermine their effectiveness in practice. To tackle these shortcomings, we encourage States and cities to genuinely embrace the concept of Child Friendly Cities and its implications.

Keywords: Child Friendly City, Child Rights, Governance, Monitoring

Suggested Citation

Chan, Loritta and Erlings, Esther and Mizunoya, Suguru and Zaw, Htet Thiha, A City Fit for Children: Mapping and Analysis of Child Friendly Cities Initiatives (December 8, 2016). The Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2016-35. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2882991

Loritta Chan

Institute of Geography ( email )

Drummond Street
Edinburgh EH8 9XP, Scotland
United Kingdom

Esther Erlings

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) ( email )

Shatin, N.T.
Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Suguru Mizunoya (Contact Author)

Master of Global Political Economy Programme ( email )

Shatin, N.T.
Hong Kong
Hong Kong

HOME PAGE: http://mgpe.ssc.cuhk.edu.hk/eng/index.html

Htet Thiha Zaw

The Chinese University of Hong Kong ( email )

Hong Kong
69993492 (Phone)
69993492 (Fax)

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