Sustainable and Child Friendly Municipalities Initiative (SCFM)


In June 2014, the Government of Belize and the United Nations System made a commitment to support the strengthening of local government capacity in Belize through the establishment of Sustainable and Child Friendly Municipalities. This initiative is primarily funded by UNICEF Belize and is aimed at benefiting the nine (9) municipalities in Belize through the engagement of the Town and City Councils directly and/or through the Belize Mayors’ Association. A robust engagement mechanism has been set up to operationalize the Initiative.

A National Steering Committee comprising of the Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development, the Belize Mayors’ Association, National Committee for Families and Children and UNICEF monitors the implementation of the Initiative. Each municipality has established a Child Advisory Body (CAB) that is supported by a Secretariat in each of the Councils. A Technical Steering Committee that is comprised of representatives of stakeholders from Government line ministries and departments in the various towns and cities provide direct support to the work of the CABs within the municipal spaces.

The primary objective of the SCFMI is for the development of the municipalities that are certified as Child Friendly.

Recent Activities

The Sustainable and Child Friendly Municipalities have been working on a series of Return to Happiness Training (RTH).

The objective of the workshops are to train trainers to be able to assist children in returning to their happy place after a traumatic experience such as natural disasters, violence etc.