The year 2017 started with a UN announcement that 1.4 million children face imminent death from famine in Africa. Failure of food production due to drought and conflicts, combined with weak and limited national responses and capacities to address the crisis in countries such as Somalia, South Sudan and parts of Nigeria has resulted in millions of children suffering from malnutrition and facing famine. Countries in the horn of Africa are particularly vulnerable to drought and famine.
Such negative developments in the region disturb us all and remind us of the need to scale up our collective effort to reverse them. Studies are showing us the strong link between accountable-governance and occurrence of droughts which have heavy tolls on women and children. Droughts are not new to our region. The current droughts and the cost in the lives of children and women should be a turning point where we commit and resolve to move from fire-fighting to addressing their root causes. African governments, particularly in drought prone countries, need to tackle these situations that deeply affect the life and dignity of our people.+ Read Full Message
ACPF - Ending violence against Children
CSO Engagement with the ACERWC
November 2017, Date TBC
Regional Consultations on Child Justice in Africa
December 2017, Date TBC
Global Conference on Child Justice
|A speech by Mr.stephen Lewis & a Child participant at the 3rd International Policy Conference
|Africa, Politics and Children:Thoughts of an ‘Angry’ African Remarks made by Assefa Bequele (PhD) at the Opening Session of the 2nd CSO forum on ACRWC
|Speech by H.E. Advocate Bience Philomina Gawanas at the Tribute evening organised for Dr Assefa Bequele in July 2010, as he handed over the leadership of ACPF to his successor, Mr David Mugawe
|Speech by Dr. Benyam Dawit Mezmur at the 5th International Policy Conference on the African Child Intercountry Adoption
|Opening speech on the event of ACPF's 10 year anniversary and launch of the African Report on Child Wellbeing
|Keynote speech at the Post 2015 High Level Dialogue organised by ACPF
|Opening Speech at the 5th International Policy Conference on the African Child
|Opening Speech at the 5th International Policy Conference on the African Child
|Opening speech at the Child Rights at a Cross-roads: Global Conference on Research and Child Rights Proceedings
|Opening speech at the the 2nd International Policy Conference on the African Child
Violence Against Girls
For me, ACPF is one of only a handful of truly pan-African organizations that have the legitimacy to speak on behalf of children in Africa.Mr Stefan van der Swaluw, Manager Programmes and Institutional Funding, SOS Children;s Village, NetherlandsRead More
ACPF is not just about mere policy formulation and rhetoric, it is a Forum whose aim is to realize tangible results which will change for the better the plight of some of the children on the African ContinentMs Gertrude Lynn Hiwa, SC Law Commissioner, Malawi Law CommissionRead More
ACPF to me is about passion. A passion for African children and passionate about making a difference. Ms Krista Kruft, Head Regional Resource Mobilisation, Plan International Regional Eastern and Southern Africa Office(RESA)(2009-2012)Read More
ACPF has kept abreast of the evolving needs of the African child; most importantly they have done this while adopting a child’s rights approachAmbassador Dr Moushira Khattab, Former Minister of Family and Population, EgyptRead More
In its unique position as pan African organisation, ACPF has been successfully been able to bring multiple players- governments, civil society as well as international organisations into dialogue with each other to influence policy and discourse. Ms Enakshi Ganguly Thukral, Co-Director, HAQ Centre for Child RightsRead More
ACPF has impacted positively on the African Child by giving direction to all stakeholders through its in-depth analysis and reliable data on the plights of children and means of mitigating such problems.Mr Moses Adedeji Founder & Executive Director of Children's Rights Network (CHRINET), NigeriaRead More
The ACPF has helped us a local NGO to advocate and pressure our government to implement both article 4 of the CRC and article 1 of the ACRWC to ensure its full compliance to the provisions in both the CRC and the ACRWC to which it is a State party.Ms Judith M.A Mulenga, Executive director, Zambia Civic Education Association(ZCEA)Read More
ACPF is a rare gift to African governments who have all committed themselves to protecting and safeguarding the rights and welfare of the African child through the signing and ratification of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. I urge them to make use of this gift!Mr Sylvester Uhaa, Executive Director, Citizen United for the Rehabilitation of Errants(CURE)Read More
ACPF fulfills an essential role, in Africa and beyond, in raising awareness of the conditions of children throughout the continent and in initiating Mr Hans van Loon, Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law Until June 2013Read More
African people driven by the spirit of pan-Africanism, leveraging opportunities and networks acquired overtime to create an African centre of excellence for policy action.Ms Stella Ayo Odongo,Executive Director, UCRNNRead More
ACPF has developed key analytic reports on child wellbeing in the region as well as strong monitoring tools for children’s rights and wellbeing for the continent and this makes them a critical partner for any child rights organisation especially the Fund.Ms Moipone Buda-RamatloNelson Mandela Children's Fundblockquote>Read More
Children’s Legal Protection Centres are an important means for narrowing the gap between law and practice, extending legal protection to children and ensuring that they have access to justice. The unique strength of these organisations lies in the fact that they have in-depth, grass-roots knowledge of the reality of children’s lives and of the working of the child protection structures that surround them. They also have the skills and ability needed to channel this intimate understanding of children’s lives into broader advocacy for legal reform and effective advocacy.
It is important for ACPF to double its effort and replicate such initiatives in other parts in Africa in order to redress the abuse and exploitation that children face daily at home, at school, and in the wider community almost everywhere in the world.
Dr Assefa Bequele, Executive Director (2003-2010), Distinguished Fellow, ACPFRead More
CLPCs are a powerful and effective tool for building and sustaining a protective environment for children. Their advocacy is powerful because it has conviction and experience behind it.
Helen Seifu, CLPC, Addis Ababa, EthiopiaRead More
Internationally, children’s rights are so divided in terms of sectoral interventions. Everyone is a specialist – legal, educational, psychological, and somewhere we felt the child gets lost in the middle of all these specialisations. For us the child is a whole person... that is why we set up HAQ. We don’t want to be a specialist organisation we believe children have a right to be themselves... HAQ looks at children across sectors and issues and makes the cross-cutting connection between sectors and issues.
Enakshi Ganguly Thukral, HAQ Centre for Child Rights, Delhi, IndiaRead More
Children involved in the justice system are mostly victims of various psychosocial problems. The provision of a legal aid service alone cannot solve their multifaceted problems. These children in the justice system also need educational support, medical support, shelter, counseling, nutritional support, reunification with family, etc. These services are mostly required temporarily until the legal issue that affected their rights and interests are solved.
In the case of the CLPC, a lot of children that would have otherwise been exposed to secondary victimisation due to lack of psychosocial support are being provided with these services through a referral system that refers children in need of these services to institutions that are mandated to provide these services and are members of the referral network. This is quite an essential aspect of the work of the CLPC and it should be sustained for continuity purposes.
Zahara Legesse Kaufman, MSW, Consultant,
Child, Adolescent, Adult, Couple and Family Therapy
Assessments, Trainings, Retreats and SupervisionRead More