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'Building National Capacity to Protect Children Online: A Vital Opportunity in the Developing

In today's interconnected digital landscape, the threat of online child sexual exploitation looms large,
especially in developing nations where the digital divide exacerbates vulnerabilities. These abstract
underscores the imperative of building national capacity to safeguard children online, presenting it as a
pivotal opportunity amidst technological advancements. While technology facilitates communication and
knowledge dissemination, it also serves as a conduit for exploitation, necessitating a multifaceted approach
to mitigate risks and empower communities.
This paper advocates for a proactive stance centered on national capacity building as a means to combat
online threats to children. By leveraging technology and collaborative partnerships, governments, NGOs,
and tech companies can enhance educational initiatives, legal frameworks, and law enforcement
In the context of the developing world, where access to technology often outpaces regulatory measures and
awareness, national capacity building emerges as a beacon of hope. By prioritizing resources towards
training, infrastructure development, and policy formulation, nations can bridge the digital divide and
empower marginalized communities to harness the benefits of technology while mitigating its associated
Illuminate the intricate challenges encountered in the developing world when confronting online child
Results and Conclusions:
1. Understand Model National Response against OCSE
2. Strengthened Legal Frameworks globally
3. Law Enforcement Collaboration: National capacity building has fostered greater collaboration and
information sharing among law enforcement agencies.
4. Prevention: Capacity building initiatives have empowered communities to take proactive measures in
protecting children online through community engagement and awareness-raising activities.
In conclusion, key learnings of our Multi-Sectoral Gap assessment underscores the critical importance of
national capacity building in safeguarding children from online exploitation globally. By addressing
prevention, education, legislation, and international collaboration, nations can effectively address the
challenges posed by technologies.

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Vice President, Partnerships & Trainings - ICMEC

Guillermo Galarza

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