When I first heard of the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF), my first impression was that it is a forum for policy makers and experts who meet to compare notes on the plight of children on the African Continent, brain storm and theorize on what should be done to address the many problems plaguing some of the children on the African continent, share a cup of tea, shake hands, leave and prepare to attend the Forum’s next event.
However, after my interaction with ACPF through:
(a) Its support in facilitating a Stakeholder Conference of the Malawi Law Commission on February 27, 2012 on Intercountry Adoption with the aim of providing an informed input into the process of the Review of the Adoption of Children Act, Cap. 26:01 of the Laws of Malawi;
(b) participation at the Fifth International Policy Conference on the African Child (IPC) held in Addis Ababa from 29th and 30th May, 2012; and
(c) consideration and adoption of a Study on Violence Against Children Living and /or Working on streets, of the Malawi Human Rights Commission funded and facilitated by ACPF,
I realized that ACPF is not just about mere policy formulation and rhetoric, it is a Forum whose aim is to realize tangible results which will change for the better the plight of some of the children on the African Continent. It is a forum that is inclusive in its composition and approaches; and is genuinely interested in improving the welfare of African children.
The fact that ACPF involves holistically the countries on the African continent but also engages individually with the African countries, makes its approach to solving the problems of children on the African Continent practical, unique and easy for different countries to buy-in to the ACPF’s proffered solutions.