The Advisory Group is made up of individuals from national and international nongovernmental organizations, academic institutions, international organizations, government ministries, and independent consultants, all of whom have extensive experience in issues around care and support for vulnerable children and families. The Advisory Group is regionally balanced, and members do not pay fees.
Through Secretariat facilitation, Advisory Group members:
- Advise on strategic priorities and work plans of the Better Care Network Secretariat;
- Ensure the relevance and appropriateness of the Network's activities;
- Respond to specific request for technical guidance and support;
- Lead or contribute, as appropriate, to core advocacy and research initiatives; and
- Promote the aims and activities of the Better Care Network externally.
As of January 2011, BCN Advisory Group includes representatives from the following organizations:
- Save the Children UK
- CARE USA
- Displaced Children and Orphans Fund (DCOF) of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
- Firelight Foundation
- Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
- SOS Kinderdorf International
- Terra Dos Homens, Brazil
- Families for Children Foundation
- JF Kapnek Trust, Zimbabwe
- University of Yazd, Iran
- St. John's Ambulance
- Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa
- World Vision International
- Bread for the World
- Ministry of Family and Population, Egypt
- Department of Social Work, University of Central Lancashire
- International Foster Care Organization (IFCO)
- Better Care Network Netherlands (BCNN)
- Mandel School, Case Western Reserve
- Oxford Policy Management
- Institute of Work, Health and Organisations, The University of Nottingham
- Harvard University
- Rutgers University School of International Social Work
- United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
- Hope and Homes for Children
- Consortium for Street Children
- Feed the Children, Kenya
- Independent alternative care consultants
If you would like to learn more about the work of the Advisory Group, please contact the BCN Secretariat.