Guided by our Strategic Framework 2016-2020 “Advancing Accountability to Africa’s Children: Knowledge, Dialogue and Advocacy for Change” ACPF pursues three broad programmatic outcomes:
- African governments are increasingly fulfilling their child rights obligations and undertake legal, policy and practical measures to improve the wellbeing of all children.
- Children in Africa have increased and effective protection of the law.
- Effective national child protection systems are in place to ensure that all children, particularly those in vulnerable situation and those who are victims of extreme forms of violence and crimes, are protected.
To reach each of these outcomes, we strive to give voices to children and young people by systematically reflecting their perspectives in research and policy development and building partnerships for change.
ACPF implements its work through three programmes:
Pivotal to our campaign to promote child-friendliness and accountability among African governments, the African Child Observatory contributes to enhancing the commitment and performance of African governments by regularly assessing and monitoring they make to realise child wellbeing. It collects, organises and applies statistics and similar types of data for measuring and monitoring comparative government performances. It focuses on the following areas of work:
- monitoring and reporting government performance;
- promoting the establishment of national child observatories;
- building national capacity for improved child rights monitoring and implementation;
- convening continental and international forums for dialogue; and
- strengthening its information services and outlets through the African Child Information Hub.
Work under this programme is directed at encouraging and assisting African governments to undertake actions to address critical gaps in the legal protection of children. The programme focuses on four sub-areas:
- Child Law Reform,
- Child Justice,
- Inter-country Adoption, and
- Customary Law.
The programme advocates for effective national child protection systems so that all children, particularly the most vulnerable and victims of crimes and extreme forms of violence are protected from violence and exploitation. Focus is on:
- exposing and campaigning against crimes and extreme forms of violence against children;
- promoting the rights of children with disabilities;
- building national capacity in ‘violence prevention’ and community-based child protection programming; and
- popularising good practice models through the Larissa Prize for outstanding service to the cause of Africa’s children.
ACPF seeks to implement its 2016-20 programmes using a set of four interrelated strategies:
- Knowledge building
- Advocacy and lobbying
- Capacity building
- Facilitation of policy-to-practice linkages
As a Pan-African organisation, we engage with pan-African and regional bodies, with a view to influencing national policy processes. However, given the need for linking policies to practices, and the repeated call for better enforcement and implementation of existing policies, national engagement remains an important part of ACPF’s work. We strongly believe that local and national CSOs are better placed to effectively engage with their constituencies and do proper follow ups. Hence, ACPF provides capacity building support to national CSOs to enable them undertake better evidence-based advocacy. In addition, as part of our efforts to positively influence national processes, we contribute to improving policy-to- practice linkages and cross-country learning by documenting, critically evaluating and piloting progressive service models and facilitating their replication in countries of similar socioeconomic contexts. Finally, we catalyse cross-learning between governments and thereby improve country-level programming and intergovernmental partnership.
Our partnership, therefore encompasses interactions at the following levels