Working Group


The INSPIRE Implementation Working Group serves as the voice and decision-making arm of the community of practice and provides leadership and strategic guidance in the implementation of INSPIRE-related interventions. Drawing on previous experiences of the establishment of committees and working groups, the membership of the working group shall be geographically, and perspective balanced and include 20 members (See Appendix A) and meet every three months. Members of the Advisory and Operational Support Team can be self-nominated or nominated by the Community of Practice members, Co-Chairs or the Secretariat and confirmed by the Secretariat with majority vote. The objectives of the Working Group are:

  • provide strategic advice on the direction of programming and implementation through the Collective Action Framework
  • liaise between the Community of Practice members and represent interests of the community of implementers
  • support the development of global tools related to capacity building and implementation
  • support global and regional-level initiatives and lease with community members on national-level needs
  • match implementation support demands with members best placed to supply the support
  • lend subject‐matter expertise on VAC
  • share the responsibility of ensuring success of the implementation process and the quality of the outcome
  • provide feedback on global best practices the Community of Practice should adopt or consider adopting
  • review new evidence and programmatic implications, and make recommendations on key INSPIRE technical areas
  • strengthen data collection and evidence base to guide future decisions on the implementation of INSPIRE
  • all responsibilities outlined for the Community of Practice (COP).

Working Group Members include:

  • African Partnership to End Violence Against Children
  • Care and Protection of Children (CPC) Learning Network, Columbia University
  • Child Protection Network Foundation
  • Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children
  • Ignite Philanthropy
  • Impact and Innovations Development Centre
  • Pan American Health Organization
  • Plan International
  • Red por la Infancia Argentina
  • Together for Girls
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
  • United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Violence Prevention Alliance Jamaica
  • World Bank
  • World Council of Churches
  • World Health Organization
  • World Vision International | CSO Forum Representative




The roles and functions of the Working Group are to:

  • Synergize, amplify and bring attention to the INSPIRE-related activities of members.
  • Set priority activities for the INSPIRE IWG.
  • Promote and enable collaboration related to capacity-building for INSPIRE
  • Share resources, knowledge, and updates on new developments related to INSPIRE implementation.
  • Maintain momentum around the implementation and scale-up of INSPIRE.
  • Identify issues in the INSPIRE ecosystem that impact the implementation and uptake of INSPIRE and enable discussion and action as appropriate.
  • Ensure the supply of new or updated resources supports INSPIRE implementation and scale-up
  • Enable IWG members to support and promote multi-sectoral collaboration and advocacy for INSPIRE.
  • Convene as a WG to share updates and reflect investment in INSPIRE from member organisations.
  • Catalyze new investments in evidence-based prevention of violence against children.


Criteria for inclusion of new members of the INSPIRE Implementation Working group

The co-chairs of the IWG should represent an international institution and a CSO.

IWG membership includes:

  1. INSPIRE Secretariat,
  2. representatives of INSPIRE agencies, and
  3. a diverse membership of stakeholders. 

In addition, a rotating group of members are invited to join the IWG, based on the criteria referenced herein.




These criteria are intended to support decision-making by the IWG and its secretariat regarding the inclusion or exclusion of new members

Diversity in terms of geography, skill, interest and ability should be reflected in the composition of the IWG. The IWG should reflect a balance in the types of institutions that are members (e.g. UN agencies, academia, NGOs, and donors); and in the size of institutions (e.g. having smaller and large institutions represented). Decisions about new members should take this into account.

  1. Member organisations must have a commitment to implementing and supporting INSPIRE and incorporating it into their organisation’s work. They should be personally committed and able to make a contribution to the IWG and its meetings.
  2. Member organisations should be committed to evidence-based interventions and have a track record in this regard.
  3. Individuals or institutions that have country-specific expertise make an essential contribution to the IWG. They should be able to bring the national perspective and should be able to reflect the views and experiences of multiple stakeholders (sectors) in the country. 
  4. Members should ideally should be able to provide, or already be providing, some level of technical support or training in INSPIRE to stakeholders, inter alia policy makers, implementers or researchers.

Member organisations are expected to be able to fund their participation in IWG meetings, and should, if possible, make provision for this in their budgets and fundraising. However, exceptions can be made if funding is available to cover their costs from other sources.

Members of the working group are expected to attend at least one meeting of the IWG each year, but should endeavour to attend all four meetings.

Membership in the IWG will be reviewed every 2 years. The next review will take place in the first quarter of 2026.


Proposed process for including new member

If an institution wishes to join the IWG, or a member of the IWG identified an organization that could contribute substantially to the IWG, this should be raised with the secretariat for consideration. The secretariat would assess the application or recommendation and make a proposal about inclusion or exclusion to the WG for discussion.

Proposed upper limit for IWG membership: 30 participants including the members of the Secretariat and INSPIRE signatory agencies. These include:

  • INSPIRE Secretariat: WHO, End Violence, Institute for Security Studies, CDC, UNODC, Joining Forces Alliance, and CPC Learning Network
  • INSPIRE Signatory agencies: PAHO, PEPFAR, Together for Girls, UNICEF, USAID, The World Bank (in addition to WHO, CDC, End Violence, UNODC)