Why we need both words and actions to help Africa’s children.
We’re often told that actions speak louder than words, and it’s true we won’t change lives by simply talking about the problems. But I also think that you can’t make a real impact unless you’ve thoroughly debated and agreed what needs to be done. Words first, then actions.
I was reminded of this at the Continental Conference on Access to Justice for Children, held recently in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. More than two hundred child rights experts, politicians, lawyers and civil society activists came together to try and find a way forward for the thousands of children across Africa who are denied access to justice. It’s easy for the cynics to dismiss such conferences as talking shops - fine words and discussions, but little in the way of concrete action. And if we had simply presented and debated the issues, there could have been some truth in that.
The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) organized a roundtable meeting of renowned statisticians and experts from 27 to 28 March 2018 in Addis Ababa to review the conceptual and methodological framework of the revised CFI as well as the structure and analytical framework of the forthcoming African Report on Child Wellbeing 2018 (ARCW 2018).
At the meeting, participants agreed that the conceptual framework of the revised Child-friendliness Index and the methodological choices made are generally sound and good.
Civil Society Forum Pledge on Ending Violence against Children. Agenda 2030 for Children: Solutions Summit, Stockholm Sweden.
The Agenda 2030 for Children: Solutions Summit was organised jointly by the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children and the Government of Sweden in Stockholm, Sweden, on 14-15 February 2018. The Summit brought together governments, CSOs, the Private Sector, the media and children from more than 55 countries.