Eighth International Policy Conference on the African Child (IPC) Updates

23 May 2019

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Opening Address by H.E. Mrs Sahle-Work Zewde, President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia at the Eighth International Policy Conference on the African Child (IPC)

“As a human being, I say simply and sincerely that: No child should go hungry. And as a mother I would say, no mother should have to bury her child because of hunger Period”  »  Read full speech here

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Graça Machel Announced as an SDG Advocate by UN Secretary General

10 May 2019

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STOLEN FUTURES: The impact of corruption on children in Africa - New report captures the plight of African children affected by graft

18 March 2019

March 2019, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Corruption in Africa is robbing children of their right to a meaningful productive life, a new study shows. The study captures the sentiments of 33,000 children from around the continent, who expressed fear that the rising corruption is severely affecting their access to education and health. It cites informal payments in the form of outright bribes, gratitude payments or off-the-books fees, as one of the biggest forms of corruption affecting service provision for children in the education and health sectors.

The report titled “STOLEN FUTURES: The impact of corruption on children in Africa” looks at some of the corrupt behaviors of service providers in the health and education sectors that directly impact children and their families including teacher/health worker absenteeism and the practice of charging informal fees for supposedly free services. These are seen as the cause of provision of fewer services for children and increase the propensity for public sector workers to be less productive and provide poor quality services. The study, which the first of its kind, was conceptualized in response to the declaration of 2018 as the African Anti-Corruption Year on the theme “Wining the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation.” The report will be launched on Tuesday, 19th March 2019 at the African Union Headquarters, in Addis Ababa.


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 Grassroots Voices Hold the Key to Fighting Gender Oppression

By Graça Machel Friday, 8 March 2019

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Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) and ACPF to Advance Child Wellbeing

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Dr. Assefa Bequele on CTV Ottawa during International Development Week 2019

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Namibia Ranks 7th in Child-Friendliness Index by African Child Policy Forum


The Namibian issued an article on 12 February 2019 with the headline “Nam Ranks 7th in Child-Friendliness” in connection with the five-day continental child protection conference being held in Windhoek this week. The Conference brought together child protection officials from 27 African countries. At the event, Ms Wilhencia Uiras, Executive Director, Gender Equality and Child Welfare of Namibia talked about the CFI and ACPF.

The African Report on Child Wellbeing 2018 and the Child-Friendliness Index Revisited reports are available at www.africanchild.report


“Educating the Girl Child, Empowering Women & Enhancing Female Entrepreneurship in Africa” by Mrs. Graça MachelAfrican Development Bank’s Eminent Speakers 2018 Lecture Series

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 Invest in Africa's youth or miss out on 21st-century development Graça Machel's interview with BBC World Service

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"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

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"Africa Takes A Tough Look At Africa — And The Way It Treats Its ChildrenWJCT article

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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.

By Assefa Bequele, Executive Director, African Child Policy Forum (ACPF)

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.


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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.

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