The 2016 Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prize is awarded to ICS-SP in Nairobi, Kenya.
Beatrice Ogutu, Director ICS-SP Africa
Children need a safe and caring home to grow up healthy and happy, but this is far from reality for many children in developing countries. Multiple risks include poverty, lack of nurturing and responsive care, poor nutrition and violence. A growing body of research from low-income and middle-income countries shows that parenting programs can be effective for reducing levels of violence against children and promoting optimal child development in low-resource settings. ICS-SP combines evidence-based parenting programs with agribusinesses in rural parts of Africa and has been chosen in recognition of its unique model, to serve as an example of best practice highly relevant for the broader area of child development in deprived rural contexts.
A unique combination
The uniqueness of the Skilful Parenting programme lies in its approach and delivery model. First, it acknowledges the importance of parenting at all stages of child development and is therefore targeted to mothers, fathers and other caregivers with children aged 0-18. Second, the programme starts from local perspectives on parenting and family and builds on community structures for delivery and adaptation. As a result, parents find the program easily accessible, can relate to its content, and recognise its added value. Third, ICS successfully combines Skilful Parenting with it’s agribusiness program. The results are therefore not only increased farmer productivity but also improved family relationships and more equal gender roles.
ICS field staff in Tanzania
ICS is a co-founder of the Parenting in Africa Network and has pushed governments, civil society, the private sector and the donor community to prioritise and invest in parent support services. In the past few years, parenting has gained prominence and there is an increasing interest of governments in parenting programmes to prevent violence against children and/or promote early childhood development; in part because of the efforts of ICS and its partners.
2015 Best Practice Prize
The Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prize 2015 went to Gesamtschule Unterstrass (a private comprehensive school) in Zurich, Switzerland, for an innovative social emotional learning project adding social competencies to the Swiss curriculum. More
2014 Best Practice Prize
The Serenity Harm Reduction Programme Zambia was awarded the 2014 Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prize for its evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to address severe needs of trauma affected children and their families in Zambia. More
2013 Best Practice Prize
The Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prize 2013 went to Germany’s ELTERN-AG organization. For nearly 10 years, the ELTERN-AG has been offering support to families in difficult circumstances. It began in 2004 as a university-based project in Magdeburg, initiated by Meinrad Armbruster, professor of educational psychology and child and youth therapist, and his students. Today it is a nationwide intervention program that has achieved great success and earned positive evaluations – a course for parents based on the principles of self-help. More
2012 Best Practice Prize
The Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prize 2012went to the Off Road Kids Foundation in Germany. For nearly 20 years, the Off Road Kids Foundation has been helping children, young people and young adults in Germany who find themselves living on the streets. More
2011 Best Practice Prize
During her career as a teacher, Christiane Daepp realized that children are good listeners and problem-solvers. On this basis, Daepp founded the “Ideenbüro” program (“ideas office”) in 2002, in which schoolchildren help their fellow pupils to solve problems. More
2010 Best Practice Prize
Opstapje e.V. and a:primo have taken an innovative support model for children and families and successfully adapted it to local conditions in Germany and Switzerland.
Families who are economically and socially disadvantaged often do not have the abilities or the resources to give their children the necessary prerequisites for a participation in the education system. More
2009 Best Practice Prize
Father Johann Casutt († 2012) successfully adapted the Swiss model of vocational training for young people to suit the circumstances of Indonesia. For this he was awarded the Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prize 2009. Even while training to become a Jesuit priest, Johann Casutt from Horgen in Switzerland wanted to become a missionary. More