Bridging gaps

KeKi centralises academic research about children's rights and makes it more accessible for researchers, practitioners and policy actors. In order to fulfill its role as a bridge on this intersection, KeKi builds up expertise about knowledge management in the field of children's rights. We specifically look at the role of children and young people in these translation and communication processes.

Ongoing projects

  • As a facilitator in science communication and knowledge sharing on children's rights, KeKi encounters a number of obstacles. How can KeKi strengthen its key position between policy, practice and research on children's rights? Can this translation also be "child (rights) sensitive"? Which vision of knowledge does KeKi want to convey? What place is non-academic knowledge assigned within KeKi's work? And how can KeKi continue to fulfill its bridging role in an increasingly complex knowledge society? These questions are addressed in KeKi's reflections within the theme of "Bridging gaps".
  • Within the framework of KeKi's role as a knowledge bridge, it is important to learn about what expertise on children's rights is available in Flanders, how it can be found and what themes remain as yet underexposed. Therefore, KeKi closely follows the Flemish children's rights research, showing which children's rights topics are and which are not (or insufficiently) addressed in academic research.


Lembrechts, S. (2015). A future of mess, confusion and complexity? Linking children's rights and knowledge management in a critical research agenda beyond 25 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (paper accepted for publication after review).

  • The paper uses the momentum of 25 years CRC to address two interrelated dilemmas at the heart of the present children’s rights debate: (1) the inherent complexity of children’s rights, which militates against a shared understanding of social problems and their solutions, and (2) the fragmentation of knowledge, which prevents better outcomes in a society where we are “information rich and time poor”. To that end, it initiates a dialogue between two research fields that have so far only seldom been connected – children’s rights and knowledge management. The draft paper, as submitted for consideration of publication, can be accessed here.


Lembrechts, S. (2018) Knowledge Brokering For Children’s Rights. Presentation at the CREAN-conference 'The impact of children’s rights education and research on policy development'Geneva, 18-19 January 2018

  • This presentation introduces the way KeKi goes about knowledge brokering in its day-to-day work. It starts from a definition of knowledge that emphasises the need for a learning process, beyond evidence, data, facts and experience. Knowledge actors like KeKi can facilitate such learning process through critical reflection. How this works in practice is explained by means of an example about participation of children and young people in policy making in Flanders.

Lembrechts, S. (2014). A future of mess, confusion and complexity? Lessons from Knowledge Management for the Realisation of Children's Rights. Presentation at the Conference ‘25 Years CRC’ organised by the Department of Child Law of Leiden University, Leiden, 17-19 November 2014, and at the 3rd International Conference of the International Childhood and Youth Research Network in Nicosia (Cyprus), 10-12 June 2015.

  • In this presentation we explain why it makes sense to look at the fairly unexplored field of KM from a children’s rights perspective when setting the agenda for present and future critical children’s rights research.