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Monday 6th of July 2020


The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative


North America, Canada

TypeCountry of originConstitution

International and Intergovernmental Agency Canada2007


Child, Minors, Protection, Soldier


No individual country or regional organization has yet developed coherent policies, or military and police doctrine for dealing with child soldiers during peace operations. The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative's unique approach working with military, police and peacekeeping forces—often the first point of contact for child soldiers—is breaking new ground, and is a critical part of interrupting the cycle of recruitment of children by armed groups.

The organization's focus goes beyond child protection–in order to solve this problem it must be seen as a security concern and security sector actors must be included as part of the solution. Through this prevention-oriented approach, they aim to create the necessary tools and training, supported by research, to better protect children from recruitment, and in so doing, help end this crime against humanity, community-by-community, country-by-country, once and for all.


The organization was founded by LGen Roméo Dallaire (Ret’d) in 2007. General Dallaire first experienced the issue of child soldiers as the Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. During this time, General Dallaire realized that he and his troops were ill prepared to face them.

The Dallaire Initiative wants to bring the perspective of the security sector to the issue of child soldiery, while equipping them with the training and tools to prevent the recruitment and use of child soldiers worldwide. Through this we hope to build a more holistic, prevention oriented approach to the issue of child soldiers that compliments current efforts while providing innovative Solutions.

Contact details

Room 410, MacDonald Building, 6300 Coburg Dalhousie University Halifax, , Nova Scotia, B3H 4R2, Canada
Telephone: 902-494-6637


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