International Institute for Child Rights and Development

international institute for child rights development

International Institute for Child Rights and Development

The International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD) is a unique hybrid organization: part non-governmental organization (NGO), part academic institution, located in Victoria, British Columbia (BC), focused on social innovation with and for children and youth. For the past 20 years, IICRD has been a bridge-building organization working with a wide variety of partners in participatory, applied research, professional education, and community capacity-building initiatives. Its programs and projects catalyze change, transformation, and healing for the most vulnerable young people in our society, in Canada, and in over 30 countries around the world.

From the International Institute for Child Rights and Development website:


Children, their families and communities thrive in a world where there is dignity, belonging, and justice for all.


With a focus on working with children and communities living in adversity, IICRD‘s work promotes the rights and wellbeing of children at all levels. IICRD transforms lives by:

  • promoting learning, and nurturing capacities, knowledge, practices, and policies that place the wellbeing and the rights of children, their families, and communities at the centre.
  • facilitating innovative, strength based and child led processes at the community, organizational, and international levels
  • fostering healing and accountability to children,
  • connecting actors across the child protection system.


Our Purpose is to build respect for children’s inherent human dignity, nurture their sense of belonging, and reinforce justice at all levels through the implementation of strengths based approaches to child rights. We aim to enhance the capacity of individuals, organizations, governments and young people to transform systems to fulfill their rights as defined by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

IICRD connects people, places,and practices to create dignity, belonging and justice for young people and our world.

We work in the spaces between sectors to connect them and among a vibrant network of thousands of child-focused innovators from more than 30 countries.

To learn more about the International Institute for Child Rights and Development, please click here.

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