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Dr Assefa Bequele is the Founder and former Executive Director of The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF). He is a Distinguished Fellow of ACPF. He has long years of service in the United Nations system (ILO, Geneva, Asia and Africa).

He has devoted most of his professional life to the promotion of the rights and welfare of children, especially the progressive elimination of child labour. He was responsible for many years for the design, development and management of the ILO’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) – the world’s premier technical programme on child labour – and the development of the ILO’s Convention on the Worst Forms of Child Labour (Convention No. 182).

Dr Assefa has extensive experience in university teaching in both Ethiopia and the USA and is the author of many publications and articles on child rights and economic development.

Dr Assefa holds a Ph.D. in Economics.