The End Child Poverty Knowledge Centre
Sarvodaya, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Launched on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, on 17 October 2014, the End Child Poverty Knowledge Centre is a global faith-inspired hub for research, resource gathering, networking, experience sharing and knowledge dissemination.
The Knowledge Centre also serves to build the capacities of organisations working to reduce child poverty in Asia and other regions of the world. It draws upon indigenous and progressive tools of development, as well as faith-inspired resources and infrastructure.
The Knowledge Centre has a physical hub based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, at the Sarvodaya Headquarters. The physical hub is re-sourced and open for use by individuals and organisations from the region and all other countries, globally.
Its online platform, currently under development, is geared to facilitate knowledge exchange on a variety of topics, policies, programmes and practices among stakeholders, practitioners, academics and policy-makers. The online platform will feature innovative and evidence-based practices that have a positive impact on children and their caregivers.
The Centre is designed to provide a platform for forging concrete partnerships towards ending child poverty at various levels – global, continental and national.
The Knowledge Center is designed to respond to the need for critical resources such as; policy briefing papers, working papers, reports and journal articles; and curriculum, tools and guidelines and their expression such as training manuals and religious books.
The knowledge Centre is also equipped to provide training where practitioners from the various organizations share knowledge and experience on their work and showcase expertise in relation to improving children’s wellbeing.
Other anticipated activities of the Knowledge Centre include: a global mapping of poverty indices, annual round tables, a book fair, exchange programs, information symposiums, global mapping on religious organizations that deal with child poverty eradication and evaluation of the State of the World Children, in partnership with the existing stakeholders.