It’s been around 25 years since the Convention on the Rights of the Child was passed, and since then, nearly 200 countries have ratified the international treaty. While Latin America is a strong advocate for the treaty with over 20 ratifying countries to date, the region continues to face chronic challenges related to the protection of children’s rights.
There are a number of factors contributing to Latin America’s shortcomings in this space, not the least of which is the lack of comprehensive data to inform policymaking. The Seattle International, Tableau, and Annie E. Casey foundations, along with Red de Derechos de la Infancia en Mexico (REDIM) are aiming to turn that lack of data around in an effort to develop better public policies to positively affect Latin America’s children.
The four groups have created the Tableau Data Fellowship “to improve the ability of organizations that advocate for children’s rights to analyze data with the aim of developing public policies that positively affect children's and adolescent’s lives in the region.”
The Tableau Data Fellowship is utilizing the Casey Foundation’s Kids Count methodology, which collects educational, social, economic, and physical well-being data on the micro and macro levels to examine the status of children. This comprehensive data is then shared with government officials and key policymakers to drive effective policy and advocacy efforts toward improving the lives of Latin American children.
The Tableau Data Fellowship has the potential to be a powerful tool in the ongoing fight for children’s rights in Latin America. The Annie E. Casey Foundation has a long history of informing decision makers in the U.S. in the development of comprehensive programs and policies that break down barriers to success faced by disadvantaged and vulnerable children across the country. And it’s been churning out reports on the status of children through its Kids Count methodology for the past 25 years in the United States and for over a decade in Mexico.
Tableau and SIF are no slouches, here, either. SIF has been dedicated to alleviating poverty in Central America since 2008, and has invested millions of dollars toward achieving that goal. While Tableau is a relative newcomer to this space, it has concentrated its efforts on helping NGOs use data and analytical reasoning to solve some of the most pressing global challenges.