The overall objective KCRO is to set up a Child Rights Observatory in Karnataka that is run by a consortium of NGOs and Academics with Child Rights Trust as the coordinating organisation. The word “Observatory” is used more in a conceptual sense than a physical one: The project is an omnibus one with a number of sub-projects that are converging together to provide the data, analysis, publicity and pressure [as needed] for both Government and Civil Society to act in the best interests of the Child. It is following and documenting the progress of child rights realisation in the state over time; the collaborating organisations are using the findings and materials to strengthen their advocacy and actions.

With the Child Rights Observatory as a source for information and analysis on the status of children in the state with respect to various indicators, running through the entire duration of the project, other sub-projects are also carried out with different timelines as needed