No Lost Generation programmes are projects and programmes implemented in No Lost Generation Countries, which target children, youth, or adolescents in at least one of the three pillars (education, child protection, adolescents and youth).

The No Lost Generation initiative promotes integration across sectors for improved results. Children cannot go to school if they are not safe; child labour will continue if families cannot survive without the income; young people cannot contribute their best to society if they have missed out on education, and grown up surrounded by fear and violence.

The initiative is led jointly by UNICEF, Mercy Corps, Save the Children and World Vision. Partners include UN agencies, international and national NGOs, institutional donors, private sector companies and the startup community;  governments, and individuals.

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The No Lost Generation initiative was launched in 2013 at the annual meeting of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund.

The No Lost Generation initiative covers the crises in Iraq and Syria, and the refugee response in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt.

The No Lost Generation initiative combines efforts to work towards ensuring a safe a secure future for children affected by the Syria and Iraq crises. It does so by combining programing at the country level with: 

  • Providing an overarching regional framework for key areas of the response
  • Providing a platform for joint advocacy on the priorities for children and youth
  • Amplifying the voices and perspectives of adolescents and youth
  • Linking efforts in different sectors to achieve results on issues which cannot be addressed by one sector alone, such as child labour or child marriage
  • Combining immediate response with strategic investments for the future
  • Mobilising resources for sectors at risk of underfunding

The No Lost Generation initiative is led by an interagency working group situated at the regional level. Programming is done at the country level through existing coordination mechanisms embedded within humanitarian plans. No Lost Generation works at three levels; advocacy, knowledge management, and a working group. These areas of work are co-led by UN agencies and international NGOs.