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About the CLR

The Child Law Resources (CLR) is a database of international, regional and national legal instruments and policy documents related to children in Africa. The CLR seeks to provide stakeholders for child rights and child wellbeing with access to the available legal and policy resources related to children in every country in Africa. In 2010, ACPF published Volume I of the Child Law Resources which was a compilation of the most important international and regional instruments on children online and on CD. In 2012, Volume II of the Child Law Resources was published, which focussed on the reporting status of African States to the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. In 2013, ACPF developed what is now simply called The Child Law Resources (CLR), a comprehensive database which combines the resources from Volume I and Volume II and includes national laws and policies related to children for all African States, and other documents such as Declarations, Guidelines, Resolutions and Rules adopted at international and regional levels as well as thematic summaries of laws on children.

There is an appreciable development towards a harmonised legal and policy framework for children in Africa. There is also a noticeable and positive trend by African states to meet their international and regional obligations through ratification and domestication of treaties, and reporting to child rights treaty bodies. However, there is a dire problem of accessing legal and policy information on children in Africa and there is a persistent need for an up-to-date knowledge base across the continent. The CLR addresses this need by providing comprehensive information on the legal and policy framework pertaining to children in Africa that should inform the necessary legal and policy reform. The easy access of information facilitates strengthening accountability for children in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC).

ACPF continuously engages in an extensive process to collect and consolidate the documents included on the CLR. However, given that law reform and policy development is an ongoing process, the CLR will be updated annually through a deliberate process to ensure an up-to-date database for children in Africa. ACPF welcomes any information on additional documents that are not yet included on the CLR. Please send any relevant information to info@africanchildforum.org with the subject “CLR.”

Users may access the live version of the CLR at www.africanchildforum.org/clr. Considering limited internet accessibility in Africa, the CLR is also available in an offline CD format.

Acknowledgement

Appreciation goes to ACPF's staff, especially the Children and the Law Programme and the ICT Team for their tireless work and invaluable input in the production of this database.

Special thanks to Appable Technologies (formerly Yesakor Technologies) for their technical assistance in producing this electronic publication.

Finally, this publication would not have been possible without the financial support from Save the Children International East and Southern Africa Regional Office (SCI- ESARO). We are grateful for their partnership and continued support to our work.