African Child Policy Forum (ACPF)
The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) is an independent, not-for-profit, pan-African institution of policy research and dialogue on the African child.
ACPF aims to specifically contribute to improved knowledge on children in Africa; monitor and report progress; identify policy options; provide a platform for dialogue; collaborate with governments, intergovernmental organisations and civil society in the development and implementation of effective pro-child policies and programmes; and also promote a common voice for children in and out of Africa.
Our work is inspired by universal values, informed by global experiences and knowledge, and guided by the needs and conditions of African children. Above all, in partnership with other rights-based organisations in Africa and around the world, we aspire to contribute to the effort to make an ‘Africa fit for children’.
ACPF implements four programmes to promote and protect the rights of children:
The African Child Observatory Programme
The African Child Observatory is a response to this call and an attempt to fill the prevalent gaps in pan-African knowledge generation and dissemination. The African Child Observatory ensures a regular collection, compilation, analysis and reporting of Africa-wide data and information pertaining to the realisation of all aspects of children’s rights and wellbeing. The programme also assesses structural, policy environment, budget and attitudinal related issues that impede the realisation of these rights and help identify major bottlenecks and remedial measures to address and improve them.
The African Child Law Programme
ACPF’s work shows that more needs to be done both in law and practice to extend protection for Africa’s children. The Child and the Law Programme was established based on the need to promote law reform by highlighting good practices and gaps in national legislative and implementation measures. ACPF believes that legal environments that defend and promote international human rights and standards for children must exist in all African countries. As such, the major activities under the Child and the Law Programme include: researching, promoting laws, developing guidelines for the protection of children, Providing protection to children through the establishment of legal protection centers, and offering institutional and technical assistance to various stakeholders.
The Family and Child Programme
The sets of issues facing the family and the child are numerous and complex. This programme will try and address two aspects of the challenges facing African families: parenting and economic and social policies that can impact on child poverty. The overall goal of the programme is to put the family at the center of child protection and wellbeing.
Allied Programmes (The AfricaWide Movement for Children, ACPF ROOTS, etc.)
These are special programs aimed to mobilize the protection of children in Africa through an alliance with rest of the civil society organizations in Africa. See more