Year : 2009  Download

Most governments in Africa have formally acceded to the relevant international treaties on children. However, the extent of their commitment varies widely, and the gap between promises and reality remains wide in many countries. This raises several interesting questions: Which governments are striving to meet their obligations to children and which ones are not? What accounts for difference in government performance? How do governments rate in relation to one another? How do we measure government performance?

Year: 2007

Decision-makers and the public at large need reliable and up-to-date information about the problems facing children in Africa in order to change the status quo.  The African Child Policy Forum aims to improve knowledge of the problems facing African children and provide possible policy options.  The ACPF aims to be a reliable source of factual information on relevant issues. Issues affecting children and the youth receive little attention because of knowledge deficit in the economic, legal and social arenas; hence the need for the African Child Knowledge and Information Centre.

Author : Shimeles Tsegaye Year : 2008

A little over three decades ago, wrenching images of emaciated children in Africa taught the world a painful lesson on the tragedy of starvation. The current global food crisis, which saw normal prices of all major food commodities reach their highest levels in fifty years during the first few months of 2008, has worsened the haunting specter of hunger in Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 20 of the 36 nations most vulnerable to soaring food prices. This brief report offers thorough statistical analysis of the causal factors of the global crisis, the various arguments implicating structural factors in the current state-of-affairs, and discusses the challenges facing African policymakers as well as households. It also offers specific trade policy recommendations and provides a broader vision toward the elimination of similar crises in the years to come.

ACPF Year : 2008

The African Report on Child Wellbeing provides an insight into the wellbeing of children in Africa and assesses the extent to which governments meet their obligations, through a ground-breaking Child-friendliness Index. In addition, individual country briefs have been prepared for all 52 African nations, detailing the extent of their commitment to child wellbeing and their relative success in pursuing policies to that end. Each report provides a breakdown of the country’s status of ratification with regard to various child rights treaties and their performance in putting in place appropriate legal protections against child abuse and exploitation.

Author : Yehualashet Mekonen  Year: 2008
As part of the African Report on Child Wellbeing initiative, The African Child Policy Forum developed an approach with which to measure governments’ performance in realising child rights and ensuring their wellbeing. This approach seeks to assess the extent to which governments are committed to meet their international, regional and constitutional obligations to children. The approach informed ACPF’s Child-friendliness Index (CFI), an important policy advocacy tool that serves various child rights organizations and advocacy groups to hold governments accountable and influence for more policy action targeted to ensuring child wellbeing.

Author : Bob Ransom  Year : 2008

Everywhere in the world, disabled persons face significant challenges—mobility, discrimination, access to treatment, and so forth. Children in developing nations face equally daunting obstacles. Due to these overlapping troubles, children with disabilities in Africa encounter a particular set of political, social and economic barriers to their development. In many societies, these children are (sometimes literally) considered to be a curse on their families, on account of the emotional and economic burden they represent. 

In most cases they are deprived of their right to basic education, health and access to other services. As if their physical suffering were not enough, these young people live in an atmosphere of discrimination and stigma at home, at school, and throughout their community. Advocacy on behalf of children with disabilities must take into account the broader context of family life and communal belonging. This report provides a legal framework for understanding the rights which children with disabilities enjoy. At the same time, it points to the real-life experiences of children with disabilities and provides essential recommendations for bridging that gap.

Author : Shimeles Tsegaye

In recent years, increased interest in the living conditions, quality-of-life and general wellbeing of children in Africa has spurred a number of efforts to assess the situation of children in various African societies and nations. The African Child Policy Forum has undertaken the project of monitoring and reporting the state of children in Africa on a regular basis and publishing its findings and comparative evaluations of African governments’ performance in this regard in the form of The African Report on Child Wellbeing.

African governments have formally acceded to major international treaties focusing on the rights and wellbeing of African children. But the extent of their commitment to children’s issues varies widely. There remains a significant gap between promises made and the reality on the ground, though some nations’ efforts deserve commendation.