Invest in Africa's youth or miss out on 21st-century development Graça Machel's interview with BBC World Service
"toxic combination” of undernutrition, poor education and the world’s fastest-growing youth populations pose a threat to the continent’s futureThe Guardian's feature on The African Report on Child Wellbeing 2018
Africa’s future is predicated on how we nurture our children. We need an Africa that is child-friendly, policies and laws that advance and protect the wellbeing of all its children, and the political will to make them happen.Mrs. Graça Machel Chairperson, International Board of Trustees, ACPF
Effectiveness of social protection programmes linked to state accountability, says ACPF
African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) was invited to take part in a two-day invitation-based conference organised by the University of Bath from 2-3 July 2018 with a theme “Transnational transformations in social protection: concepts, instruments and contexts”. The Conference aims to showcase the research initiatives and further develop them by reaching out to key international and UK-based stakeholders with policy and research interests in social protection. It offered a platform for critical reflection of the idea of social protection as it has developed over the last 2 decades in national and international policy discourses.
ACPF was represented by Mr Yehualashet Mekonen, Programme Manager of the African Child Observatory, who made a presentation on social protection and accountability. The presentation showed the linkage between investment in social protection and performance in overall governance. It argues that effective social protection is a litmus paper of accountable-governance in view of the priority given to vulnerable groups and commitment to address deprivations as well as functional coordination of various implementing agencies to achieve better results for the disadvantaged including children.
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.
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.