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The African Report on Child Wellbeing 2018

The 2018 edition scores and ranks the performance of 52 African governments in improving the wellbeing of children. The report uses a robust, rights-based statistical methodology – the Child-Friendliness Index – and a wide range of data to measure and track progress in the commitment of African governments to children.

The report will be launched by Mrs. Graça Machel, Chair of ACPF’s International Board of Trustees, on 2 November 2018 in Addis Ababa in the presence of government officials, representatives of international and regional organisations and CSOs working on children’s issues.

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The African Report on Child Wellbeing series

The African Report on Child Wellbeing is ACPF’s flagship advocacy publication to promote child wellbeing and state accountability in Africa. The report regularly assesses the extent to which African governments are living up to their commitments and provides critical analyses of national efforts to formulate and implement child-sensitive laws and policies.

Feedback on the African Report on Child Wellbeing

  • Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children (SRSG)

    Dear Friends,
    A justice system based. on respect for the rights of the child is critical for addressing incidents of violence against children, as well as safeguarding the rights of child victims and witnesses. I, therefore, welcome the launch of"' 10" a documentary on child justice in Africa, as an important alert to Governments around the world about the critical

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    Marta Santos Pais Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children (SRSG)
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Influencing Change



African governments have an impressive record in their formal accession to the relevant child-focused international treaties but the extent of their commitment to children’s issues varies widely, and the gap between promises and reality remains wide in many countries. What is it that is right that child-friendly governments are doing, which poorly-performing countries can emulate?

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  • The African Report on Child Wellbeing 2008

    The African Report on Child Wellbeing 2008

    How child-friendly are African governments?
    Extensive news wire coverage following Nairobi launch including Associated Press (US), Reuters, Reuters Alert, AFP (France), Xinhua (China), EFE (Spanish), DPA, EPD (Germany). Associated Press story generated US-wide coverage in many of the country’s leading media such as Washington Post, Kansas City Star, San Francisco Chronicle, LA Times, Fox News, Seattle Times and many others (selection in cuttings file). Widespread African coverage through local launch event, widespread distribution of press release and invitations to Kenyan ministry meeting with ACPF in Nairobi – including Kenyan Standard, Kenya Times, local radio stations, BBC Africa service, BBC Swahili Service, BBC French Africa Service, Kenya Broadcasting, BBC Africa Have Your Say discussion, SABC interviews, AllAfrica.com, African Business etc. Personal endorsement from Zeinab Badawi, BBC TV Presenter and well-known African specialist. Personal interview and BBC news online feature by Emily Buchan, BBC World Affairs editor US news channel, ABC News ran the story online, on radio and TV. Media coverage on national television during the presentation presentation of the report to the Vice President of Kenya – Hon. Kalonzo – at which he mentioned that every parliamentarian in Kenya should have a copy of the report on their desk as a reference and resource document to inform and facilitate their work
  • The African Report on Child Wellbeing 2011 Programmes aired on BBC World Service’s The World Today, Network Africa, and Focus on Africa (7 December, 2010) Article on The Guardian, “Wealthy African states failing to invest in children.” According to the article, “These findings challenge the claim that social spending in a ‘luxury’ reserved for children in rich countries and the argument that wealth will simply trickle-down. Instead, the report re-politicises the process by which a country’s wealth is translated into the well-being of its citizens... Reports such as this one can expose bad arguments like, ‘We can’t afford to spend more’. Understanding when and why some governments do indeed ‘budget for children’ is as important as identifying those that don’t” News wire coverage from APA: Austria Presse Agentur, resulting in an article titled, “Few African countries budgeting for children, new report reveals” Widespread international coverage, with articles appearing in the Huffington Post, AfroNews24, Earth Times, The Africa News, Medical News Today, Catholic Information Service for Africa (CISA), The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, India Times, Club of Mozambique, Tanzania Times, The Citizen (Tanzania), The Namibian Sun, and I on Sudan.
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Mr David Mugawe, Executive Director, ACPF, (2010-2012), H.E. Prime Minister Aires Bonifacio Ali, Mozambique (2010-2012), H.E. Joachim Chissano, President of Mozambique (1986-2005)
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Mr David Mugawe, Executive Director, ACPF, (2010-2012) presenting the report to H.E. Joachim Chissano, President of Mozambique (1986-2005)
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