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activities that are designed to benefit from the kinds of complementarities and contrasts that our programme of project support always contains. The initiatives will also build on, and add to, research findings, literature and the work of others in their respective fields. The kinds of changes outlined above reflect the approaches of the new Strategic Plan. In turn, these have led the Board of Trustees to revise the list of countries that are eligible for the funding of work. For the period 2002-2006, we will be adding Tanzania, Uganda, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary; and in several countries we will be consolidating a number of programmes. Full details about eligibility for funding can be found on pages 52 and 53. Being more proactive in documenting and communicating On the documentation and communication side of the Foundation, the Strategic Plan requires us to embed documentation and communication into all of our programming. In practice this means that projects will be documenting and communicating throughout their lives rather than waiting until the end before sharing knowledge and information. To make this happen, we will be extending our documentation and communication roles to include becoming more proactive facilitators in the process of knowledge creation and dissemination. Work has already started on this, with the Department of Programme Documentation and Communication () taking the lead in: • reviewing our approaches to supporting documentation by partner organisations; • promoting access to the Internet and electronic communications by partner organisations; • looking at the best ways to support the development of our partner organisations; • identifying the research efforts that can best support the Foundation’s learning agendas.

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In addition,  will continue to improve information and knowledge management systems and practices; and to extend the reach and impact of its documentation and dissemination programme by creating purposedesigned products that respond to identified needs and audiences. Uncertainties

For many, the year 2001 may well be remembered as the year of ‘September Eleventh’. And indeed the events of last September raise many challenges for children, ranging from decreased social spending as nations rearm, to heightened ethnic tensions in Europe and elsewhere. The unease in financial markets has also had an effect on foundations such as the Bernard van Leer Foundation: while we ended the year largely meeting our income targets, we are now more sober in our projections than we were a year ago. But we need to realise that September Eleventh was not the only cause of uncertainty and instability in 2001. Our partner organisations in both Jewish and Arab communities within Israel experienced continuing conflict, with a distressing impact on children. In Colombia, a concern about children and violence led the Foundation to co-sponsor, with the Fundación para el Desarrollo Integral del Menor y la Familia, the conference ‘La Infancia en los Contextos de Violencia’. The conference responded to the conviction that much of the household and neighbourhood level violence that children witness and experience is a sign of the faltering ability of societies to live together in tolerance. In a parallel vein, partner organisations in Zimbabwe carried on their work in the face of much difficulty during a crisis that was simultaneously political, economic, and ⁄-related. In the light of all these – and many other – challenges, we need to be flexible and responsive while holding a long-term perspective.

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An n u a l R e p o r t

Annual Report 2001  

The Bernard van Leer Foundation's Annual Report for 2001. With reports on the Effectiveness Initiative, Tracer Studies, the Oscar van Leer A...

Annual Report 2001  

The Bernard van Leer Foundation's Annual Report for 2001. With reports on the Effectiveness Initiative, Tracer Studies, the Oscar van Leer A...