Programme Highlights 2012

Theme:
  • ACPF Institutional
Pages: 46
Year of Publication: 2013
Country: Africa

During 2012, ACPF continued to make significant contributions towards improving the rights and wellbeing of children in Africa. ACPF has reinforced its work in knowledge building through research and the publication of a number of pan-African reports on the rights and wellbeing of children. It has consolidated its efforts in advocacy through promoting and supporting child rights networks and alliances in Africa.

Preparation and research on the 3rd edition of the African Report on Child Wellbeing in Africa (ARCW) – ACPF’s flagship report – was undertaken in 2012. The forthcoming edition of the ARCW, ‘Towards greater accountability to Africa’s children’
will be finalised and published in 2013.

The Fifth International Policy Conference (IPC) took place in May 2012. The IPC is a significant advocacy and policy dialogue event on child rights, which is hosted every two years by ACPF. The theme for the 2012 conference was ‘Intercountry Adoption: Alternatives and Controversies’. The conference focused on the importance of measures to ensure that intercountry adoption was undertaken in the best interests of the child including family strengthening, local alternative care systems for children, and the need to ensure that national and
international policies and procedures were in line with minimum standards of intercountry adoption. The event led to significant changes in adoption practices and processes in some countries. A documentary on intercountry adoption ‘An Uncertain Journey’ which highlighted the complexity of the issue and the contextual factors that result in parents putting their children up for adoption was screened at the IPC.

During 2012, ACPF completed research on violence perpetrated against children in eight African countries for the Africa Report on Violence against Children. The Report is undergoing a process of peer review and revision and it is anticipated that this report will be launched in November 2013.

Since 2006, ACPF has led groundbreaking work on the harmonisation of laws on children and policy reform. This work of the Law Programme supports policy makers to better understand legal frameworks and ensure the adoption of adequate laws for children. A review of progress was undertaken in 2012, which led to the publication and dissemination of 30 country briefs. In 2012, ACPF
expanded its work to strengthening accountability of laws at the national level. ACPF began research on Governments’ accountability on laws on children and thematic legal provisions in all 54 African countries.

The promotion of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC) continues to be central to all of ACPF’s work. In 2012, ACPF continued to provide support for the technical capacity of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC). ‘Child Law Resources: Volume II’, which comprises a compilation of strategic documents reflecting the
reporting status of African states to treaty bodies on children.

The re-opening of the Children’s Legal protection Centre (CLPC) in the Ministry of Justice in Addis Ababa enhanced child protection. The CLPS is ACPF’s unique programme ensuring legal and psycho-social support and protection to children facing the justice system.

Cross-cutting issues on child protection were also given significant emphasis in ACPF’s work in 2012, including gender equality and children with disabilities. Research, policy analysis and programme development on gender have been addressed through two major projects: collaboration with Save the Children International (SCI) on the linkages between gender and child protection in five African countries; as well as with an alliance of Dutch civil society organisations ensuring the respect of equal rights and opportunities for girls
and women in 10 countries under the ‘Girl Power programme’.

Following research work undertaken in 2012, ACPF is now finalising the preparation of a study on the accessibility of public services in urban centres by people with disabilities, ‘Access Denied’. As a result of ACPF’s advocacy work undertaken in 2011 to raise the visibility and importance of children with disabilities in 2011, the ACERWC prioritised Children with Disabilities as the theme of
the 2012 Day of the African Child. ACPF is engaged in a number of networks, both at the regional and continental levels. ACPF promoted good parenting practices in Africa through its active participation in the Parenting in Africa Network (PAN). In addition, as a member of the Inter-agency Working Group on Child Rights, the organisation is participating in the drafting of a child rights agenda for the East African Community alongside governments and other civil society organisations. This process will lead to the development
of an EAC Regional Child Policy. ACPF has continued its involvement with strategic partnerships with the African Union Commission (AUC), the AfricaWide Movement for Children (AMC) and the CSO Forum.

New sources of communication and information were further developed and strengthened in 2012. For instance, strategies in knowledge sharing were strengthened and a concept of E-learning on child rights was developed. Furthermore, the African Child Information Hub was continuously maintained and enhanced with a significant increase in the number of site visits.

This report on the 2012 Programme Highlights focuses on four main areas of ACPF’s work at the pan-African level:
• Monitoring government performance;
• Promoting legal protection and access to justice;
• Strengthening the family and social protection mechanisms; and
• Promoting pan-African partnerships and capacity strengthening.

Language: English
Published by: African Child Policy Forum (ACPF)
Author: African Child Policy Forum (ACPF)
Located in: Publications
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