In preparation for the country’s twelfth Five Year Plan for economic growth, the National Planning Commission of the Government of India solicited input from a large number of civil society organisations to the XII Plan Approach Paper. The Planning Commission held a meeting with key stakeholders, and presented 12 key challenges which were shared with a number of different groups, including those working with children.
In response to these challenges, an informal consortium of organisations named Plan4children was created with the aim of formulating priorities for the Approach and to see that these challenges were addressed from the perspective of children. The consortium has proved to be an extremely useful exercise involving collaboration across organisations and constituencies of children. By combining their efforts, members of the network, including Young Lives, have worked together to ensure that the needs of children are represented in the consultation process and have so far gained a level of success which none of them could have achieved alone.