Welcome to the

Down to Zero Learning Platform

Commercial sexual exploitation of children is a pressing issue worldwide that needs to be tackled. The Down to Zero Alliance aims to put a stop to it in eleven countries. The Alliance is a collaboration between Terre des Hommes Netherlands, Defence for Children-ECPAT, Free a Girl, ICCO and Plan Netherlands, with sponsorship from our strategic partner, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Esta breve guía para las organizaciones de la sociedad civil enseña el proceso de involucrar al sector privado y mantener alianzas en temas de protección infantil, particularmente la explotación sexual de niños, niñas y adolescentes. Se basa en las directrices de Down to Zero Alliance "Formas efectivas de involucrar al sector privado: orientación para las organizaciones de la sociedad civil que trabajan en la protección de la infancia".
A webinar on how do we ensure children are protected from sexual exploitation as the travel and tourism industry recovers after the COVID-19 pandemic? A look from Asia.

Learning Agenda

Learning Question 1

How to engage strategically with the private sector to ensure that we realise meaningful private sector engagement, in our fight against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children?

What are effective child empowerment strategies, taking into account age and gender, in our programma against sexual exploitation of children?

The members of the DtZ alliance continuously reflect upon the Theory of Change, the pathways, outcomes and outputs, and assumptions. Knowledge and insights are being generated on the relevance and effectiveness of our interventions aimed at victims of CSEC or children at risk of CSEC. Based on reflections during annual outcome harvesting meetings and learning meetings, the Theory of Change will be adapted and renewed if needed.

This component of learning focuses on the alliance internally. By sharing best practices amongst the implementing partners, partners are encouraged to learn and to identify new ideas and knowledge to increase the fight against CSEC effectively. Each Alliance partner has several implemented approaches which can complement each other (e.g. certain service delivery and ways to diminish the demand for CSEC). Other approaches which are similar to each other lend themselves for comparative analysis (e.g. different ways to community based approaches towards CSEC).

The field of CSEC is constantly changing. Innovative approaches are needed to address new phenomena such as online sexual exploitation of children. New approaches are also required to forge better ways to address recurring underlying problems or drivers more effectively, at a wider scale and longer-term. The Alliance aims to co-create innovative approaches with partners, for example new ways to engage with the private sector strategically and to empower children effectively (taking into account age and gender). In this co-creation process, also external stakeholders will be involved, like embassies, multilateral organisations, private sector, authorities or other NGOs. Partners do not operate in a vacuum and it is crucial to learn from other perspectives and existing approaches of other stakeholders.


Shared Resources


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alt Child Empowerment Reflection, Reflexión sobre el empoderamiento de niñas niños y adolescentes
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