Decentralized Action for Child and Women (DACAW) program was officially started as Decentralized Planning for the Child Programme (DPCP) in 1998. The program was focuses on child health, maternal and neonatal health, safe drinking water and sanitation, basic education, protection of children and women, awareness of HIV/AIDS and so on. The key strategies followed for this include recurrent application of Community Action Process (CAP), improvement in responsive service delivery and promotion of decentralized governance in favor of children, mothers and caretakers. This survey was conducted to assess the changes of status of women and children in the program districts between 1998 and 2003. The study also examined the CAP settlements in relation to both responsive service delivery and decentralized governance.
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