Rapid Evidence Review

Children and Armed Conflict: Effects and Interventions

30th April 2024
Author: Iffat Idris

This K4DD Rapid Evidence Review investigates the profound and enduring impacts of armed conflict on children, examining interventions aimed at mitigating these effects.

Despite a robust international framework, implementation gaps persist, hindering effective protection and support for conflict-affected children. Key interventions include access to education, support for children associated with armed forces/groups (CAAFAG), and mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS). However, evidence of their impact remains limited, primarily derived from case studies rather than critical and intensive reviews.

This rapid evidence review underscores the critical need for contextually relevant and well-resourced interventions to safeguard the well-being and rights of children amidst armed conflict.

Suggested Citation

Idris, I. (2024). Children and Armed Conflict: Effects and Interventions. K4DD Rapid Evidence Review 45. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies. DOI: 10.19088/K4DD.2024.006


30th April 2024


Continent: Global