Year : 2006

“We the participants of the Second International Policy Conference on the African Child: Violence against Girls in Africa, held in Addis Ababa 11-12 May, 2006 drawn from 25 countries, including over 400 participants from national, regional, and international organisations and 22 children from six African countries, call for action by all African governments and other stakeholders to take immediate steps to end all forms of violence against children…”

Read more: The African Declaration on Violence Against Girls adopted during the International Policy Conference

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Violence—physical, psychological and sexual—is an especially pernicious problem in Africa. Girls are particularly vulnerable because of physical differences, the influence of traditional values, and cultural tolerance of domestic violence. African girls are victims of early marriage and female genital cutting, among other harmful traditional practices found throughout Africa. The international community now acknowledges that violence against children is a serious cause of global concern.

Read more: The Second International Policy Conference on the African Child: Violence against Girls in Africa,...

Year : 2008

The International Policy Conference on the African Child is a major platform for dialogue on topical issues affecting children in Africa. It has provided a link between researchers and practitioners, allowed the cross referencing of ideas, and increased awareness of existing research and good practice related to children in Africa. In addition, as a matter of principle, dedication, and clarity of purpose, members at the conference adapted a formal call to end child poverty, which begins”

Read more: The Addis Ababa Call to End Child Poverty in Africa adopted during the Third International Policy...

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This illustrated booklet presents the experiences and the stories of individual child-headed households for use in advocacy, policy and legislation development, social mobilization, and programme design. Shimelis Tsegaye visited 110 child-headed households in the towns of Dessie, Modjo, Awassa, Shashamene, and Addis Ababa as well as their rural surroundings.

Read more: The Lives of Children Heading Families: Stories as told to Shimelis Tsegaye; and Once Mom Was...

Author : Shimelis Tsegaye Year: 2008  Download
Since the dramatic increase in HIV/AIDS infection and death rates in the 1990s, the already significant problem of orphans with little or no one to care for them has gradually exacerbated. Children who are taken by surprise by the urgent call of survival to carry on from where adults have left off are struggling to cope with life with their delicate endurance stretched to the very edge. The scope, brutality and threat of the phenomenon are staggering.
Read more: Reversed Roles and Stressed Souls: Child-Headed Households in Ethiopia

Author: Shimelis Tsegaye   Year: 2008
The HIV/AIDS epidemic has proved to be an unprecedented economic, social and human challenge to Sub-Saharan Africa. The epidemic has impoverished nations and killed off millions of parents, robbing children of their first line of protection. As a result, it has exacerbated the vulnerability of children in Africa, limiting their access to basic services such as food, health care, and education and exposing them to abuse and exploitation. The staggering number of orphans left behind in the wake of parental death is the greatest tragedy wrought by this epidemic.
Read more: Orphanhood in Africa: Old Problems and New Faces

Unpublished Background Paper Prepared for The African Child Policy Forum by Nuwagaba, A., et al.

Armed violence is one of the greatest threats to development in Africa. Conservative estimates show that conflicts are costing African economies an average of $18b a year. This money could solve the HIV/AIDS crisis, prevent TB and malaria, or provide clean water, sanitation and education. Not only do the people of Africa suffer the physical horrors of violence, it undermines their efforts to escape poverty. In this study, national budget allocations to health services have been examined under the following indicators: percentage of national budget spent on health; public expenditure on health as % of GDP; per capita expenditure on health; % of government expenditure on immunisation ; and % of public expenditure on defense.

Read more: Child Poverty and National Budgetary Responses

Year : 2008

This film offers several testimonials to the various dangers, difficulties, and dimensions to poverty for African Children. It explores the issue in a variety of contexts and allows the viewer to appreciate the real-behind the statistics and the factual information on child poverty in Africa. It has been shown during several conferences and discussions and is relevant and poignant enough to continue being an important multimedia, educational tool on this critically important subject.

This series of short, densely-packed, thoroughly researched studies on the state of child poverty in individual African countries provide specific information pertaining to different localities, applying a variety of sources based on structural variations from country to country. The studies provide a comprehensive abstract, a sound methodology, an explication of limitations to the data and the observations—often crucial to research studies on African policy.
Read more: The State of Child Poverty Series: In Nigeria, by Babatunde Oluseyi, O., et al.; In Tanzania, by...

Author : Shimelis Tsegaye Year: 2008    Download

The African Child Policy Forum undertook this desk-based study in order to give a bird’s eye view of the situation of child poverty in Africa. The findings of the study are intended to inform the African Report on Child Wellbeing. One of the surprising facts of child poverty in Africa is the paradoxical situation of countries suffering from deprivation in the midst of the abundance of natural resources, especially oil ad diamonds. This is the case in Angola, Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria.

Read more: Child Poverty in Africa: An Overview