The No Lost Generation initiative is a concerted effort by donors, UN agencies, NGOs and governments to ensure that children and young people affected by the crises in Syria and Iraq have access to education, protection and opportunities to engage positively in their community and society. It is co-led by UNICEF, Mercy Corps, Save the Children and World Vision. Initiated by key humanitarian donors in 2013, the initiative is comprised of programming and advocacy under three pillars: Education, Child Protection and Adolescents & Youth – and covers Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, and Egypt.
The No Lost Generation phase II concept note developed jointly by operational partners at the regional level in MENA in December 2015 states that the initiative will function as a strategic framework […] that is informed by the current situation, but remains flexible to respond to the changing dynamics, within Syria and refugee movements in the region and beyond. It goes on to state that How the future of Syria and the sub-region will look depends on how well all stakeholders adopt a shared vision to best address the needs of an entire generation of marginalized and vulnerable children1 , adolescents2 , youth3 and communities. 2018 is the third year of phase II, which was envisioned by partners as a 3-5 year period.
The establishment of the No Lost Generation framework has allowed stakeholders beyond the humanitarian sector to contribute to No Lost Generation goals in phase II; including private sector companies (mainly from the tech sector), student groups and individual citizens.
The programming element of No Lost Generation is embedded in the Humanitarian Response Plans for Syria and Iraq; and the Regional Refugee Response Plan for the Syria crisis. Thus the relevant sectoral coordination mechanisms lead on the design, monitoring and reporting of all No Lost Generation programming. No Lost Generation operational partners convene at the regional level in MENA in a Working Group to steer the initiative, and agree and implement joint actions in support of No Lost Generation goals.
1. 0-17 years old
2. Within No Lost Generation adolescents are defined as those between the ages of 10 and 19 years
3. Within No Lost Generation youth are defined as those between the ages of 15 and 24 year