• Every Child has the Right to
    a Safe, Healthy and Resilient
    Living Environment
    Cities | Neighborhoods | Open Spaces | Schools | Institutions & Homes
    Make them Child-Friendly
  • An adequate standard of living is a right of every child
    Every eighth urban child in India in the age-group of 0-6 years lives in a slum. ACE promotes housing rights of children to support happy healthy childhoods in affordable, adequately provisioned and inclusively developed housing.
  • Highest attainable level of health is a right of every child
    ACE plans, designs and advocates for healthy living environments to prevent diseases, infections and childhood mortality linked to unhealthy surroundings.
  • Child-centred Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster
    ACE engages in action research to systematically build children's resilience to the challenges of climate change and other non-climatic disasters.
  • Play and recreation are essential to children's DEVELOPMENT
    ACE strongly advocates for embedding play in local area development as a priority in planning and for involving children in the design of their play and recreation spaces.
  • Child friendly facilities for children requiring particular attention
    ACE engages in research, planning and design of facilities for children requiring special attention such as girls, children living in poverty, children with disabilities, children living in institutions, children from indigenous and minority communities, children in situations of conflict, humanitarian and natural disasters.
  • Mainstreaming children and youth concerns in urban development
    ACE engages in inclusive planning to fulfil the rights of children by promoting and creating child friendly urban environments.
  • ACE CEO Dr. Sudeshna Chatterjee is facilitating and presenting in several workshops at the World Urban Forum 9 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Children and Youth Assembly on Feb 7, Placemaking Sandbox Studio on Feb 9, and Shaping Healthy Cities for and With Children on Feb 11, 2018.
  • ACE hosted a conclave on 'Children and Youth for Safer Cities' on December 7 and 8, 2017 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi in partnership with UNICEF, SEEDS, CDSA, GEAG, and NIUA. The two day conclave focused on exploring prospects to leverage existing policy, practice and legal instruments to build a roadmap for Urban Resilience with strong participation of children and youth in planning and action. Event Images
  • ACE has won the bid to host the next IPA conference in Jaipur, India in 2020. This will give a strong boost to promoting right to play in India which has the world's largest child population and very little focus on play needs of children! Event Poster
  • ACE CEO Dr. Sudeshna Chatterjee has been elected to the IPA international board.
  • ACE is proud to announce the release of its latest action research report titled 'Promoting Safe Communities: Mapping with Children in Mumbai' on June 28, 2018 in Mumbai by Ms. Seema Vyas, Member Secretary, Maharashtra State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights at a day long Consultation on Safe and Child Friendly Cities: From Evidence to Action organized by UNICEF Maharashtra, All India Institute of Local Self-Government, Department of Women and Child Development, Collector Office Mumbai Suburban and partners YUVA, CCDT and PMEI. The study was carried out in two administrative wards of Mumbai and supported by UNICEF India. The recommendations will inform the Maharashtra District Child Protection Plan.
  • ACE is leading the Outdoor Classroom Day Campaign in India to be celebrated across India's schools on November 1, 2018 backed by Project Dirt, UK and Unilever global.

    In 2017, 120,761 children across 595 Indian schools in 26 states and 3 union territories celebrated the first-ever Outdoor Classroom Day in India by playing and taking their lessons outside. Thank you teachers, principals, parents, volunteers and influencers!

    Please do sign up and make this an even bigger campaign in 2018!

How we help children

We empower children

We help children to identify and remove barriers that prevent them from enjoying their rights to survival and development, protection and participation in their communities and cities.

We build capacity of duty bearers

We develop tools to facilitate our development partners to collect evidence, monitor and evaluate programs.

We train children as well as duty bearers-communities, organizations and local governments in their use.

We help design effective plans and strategies to promote an adequate standard of living while safeguarding the rights of most deprived children.

We influence policies, plans, programs and projects

We engage in research and analysis to understand how to improve well-being of children in poverty and crisis.

We support policy actors to adopt a child-centered approach in planning and development decision-making.

We engage with children in processes of research, planning and constructive community change to improve their lives.

ACE's expertise lies in three critical areas
We have worked in 10 different states in India and 8 other countries to
create safe, resilient, inclusive and child friendly environments.