The IPC promotes policy dialogue and facilitates the exchange of information, experiences and good practices among policymakers, academics, experts and practitioners engaged in work on children in Africa. ACPF has organised an IPC every two years since 2004. Past conferences focused on the following themes: The African Child and the Family; Violence against Girls in Africa; Child Poverty in Africa; Budgeting for Children; and Intercountry Adoption: Alternatives and Controversies.
The Larissa Award bears the name of a girl who passed away at the age of five. The award symbolises the tragic fact that one in five African children dies before his or her sixth birthday. This biennial award recognises inspirational examples of policy, community-based and individual initiatives that provide support and hope for children in Africa. It gives recognition to exemplary projects that support the rights and wellbeing of children in Africa, recognising the significant positive actions and achievements that are being undertaken across the continent. Since the first Larissa Award in 2005, four awards have been given to individuals and
organisations that provided outstanding services to African children.
The African Child Information Hub (www.africanchildinfo.net) is an electronic platform for the exchange and dissemination of information on children in Africa. It aims to facilitate networking amongst organisations, experts and practitioners for the rights and welfare of children. It provides a range of services including:
- A database of child rights organisations
- Data and statistics on child wellbeing indicators in Africa
- A bi-monthly newsletter
- News relating to children in Africa
- An events calendar
- Reports, documents and research publications.
The InfoHub is available in both English and French.