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Laura Amore

University Center for International Cooperation of the University of Parma


Laura Amore

Laura Amore
University Center for International Cooperation of the University of Parma, Italy

Laura Amore is a practitioner with over ten years of work experience, five spent in Africa as child protection programme manager and consultant for UNICEF (Niger, Madagascar, Senegal) specializing in advocacy and policy development, capacity building programs, project cycle management, monitoring & evaluation. She has extensive experience providing technical assistance and consultancy to governments, child-focused NGOs and social sector NGOs. Special interests include strengthening of positive cultural and social norms at community level for preventive child protection services and interventions (community-based child protection), appropriate use of alternative care, policy development for sound child-youth participation and development.

Born and raised in Italy, Rome, she studied Political Sciences at LUISS University, Rome and Paris X- Nanterre. She graduated with honors in 1999 and completed a Masters in International Human Rights Law.

In her last assignment with UNICEF Senegal she developed a comprehensive training guide/package for Child Protection aimed at strengthening capacity and competencies of a trainers group at national level responsible for delivering cascade trainings. Documents are currently under finalization (link to be provided in due course).

She carried field work of the feasibility study for an experimental programme on community-based child protection in Niger, designing a child-centered model promoting positive community cultural beliefs and traditional values. (“Community-based Child Protection: 6 case studies in Niger”, Full study (in french) available at http://www.unicef.org/wcaro/Etude_sur_la_protection_a_base_communautaire_final.pdf)

She collaborates with the University Center for International Cooperation of the University of Parma, and is carrying research work on Senegalese children of migrants' vulnerability (left-behind children). Responsible for following up with the implementation of a development cooperation project in the region of Thies, Senegal, aimed at empowering women associations through training and income generating activities, she is also assisting with the study and participatory development of a mutual health insurance scheme to be furthered for the sake of disadvantaged households in targeted communities.

Coordinator of the Advanced Master’s Course in International Health and Medicine for Cooperation with developing Countries  with focus to Emergency and Essential Care (EEC) at District Hospital, only targeting Medical Doctors from Africa, held in collaboration with WHO and the Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research (GFMER). She taught a Module on Health care practitioners' role in Child Protection (Health care practitioner's role in child protection - Laura Amore).

Areas of expertise include: Child protection; Women's rights and Gender issues; Youth policies and sexual and reproductive Health; Migration; Local Development and Social protection.