Maestral International’s mission is to provide cutting-edge, relevant and effective technical expertise that helps communities and nations to protect children from violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect, while ensuring that all of their children are cared for in safe and appropriate family or alternative care settings. We envision a world where every child is able to reach his or her full potential. Working with a wide range of partners, we join forces to promote the achievement of all children’s best interests.
Identifying national level opportunities to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families by promoting and facilitating policy dialogue and change.
Mapping and assessing national, regional and local child protection systems, and identifying actions and programs required to improve child welfare and protection.
Advancing understanding of what works through effective monitoring and evaluation, dissemination of lessons learned, and research and evidence-building.
Facilitating networks of organizations, policymakers, public and private agencies, and regional and global organizations to join forces to support a common vision for change.
Maestral International stands united with organizations, communities and individuals around the world that are actively standing against racism. International development institutions are not immune to racism and should be at the forefront in redressing the legacy of colonialism and promoting social justice around the globe. In our work, and with our partners, we will continue to endeavor to raise awareness, work on our own understanding, and get better at listening, acting, and speaking up.
The horrendous murder of George Floyd has catalyzed a movement within the United States and around the globe, but the roots that led to that murder and so many other similar incidences, have been building for centuries. Countless people of color have experienced profound harm, and an untold number of lives have been taken.
Racism is a key driver of violence, abuse, and exploitation of children, as well as affecting their mental health and wellbeing, and must be seriously addressed if children are to be truly protected and access their human rights. Maestral is committed to that agenda and is prepared to work actively alongside those committed to racial justice, both at the global level and in the countries in which we engage.
“Families, parents and caregivers play a central role in child well-being and development. They offer identity, love, care, provision and protection to children and adolescents as well as economic security and stability. Families can be the greatest source of support for children but also – under unfortunate circumstances – the greatest source of harm.” […]Read More
Safeguarding in sport is rapidly becoming a more globally recognised field of safeguarding, particularly with internationally recognised athletes speaking out about the abuse they experienced growing up with sport being integral to their lives. In Namibia, the Government’s recent National Development Plan (NDP5) recognised the importance of sports in enhancing social cohesion, reducing inequality, alleviating […]Read More
CTWWC seeks a short-term expert consultant to develop and test a conceptual framework and monitoring tool to support CTWWC’s progress towards becoming a family care champion. Applications are due 14 July. Learn more here: https://reliefweb.int/job/3747669/request-proposal-rfp-consultancy-champion-me-framework-rfp-us2518?fbclid=IwAR35DFQxDw7O4oCdGssBN9l-0hraddXDiysh-fZfstPrruqGDqlITnPF5zMRead More
“A hundred children, a hundred individuals who are people—not people-to-be, not people of tomorrow, but people now, right now—today.”