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Some highlights of media results: (The African Report on Child Wellbeing 2008)
  • Studio debate on BBC Africa Have Your Say on child wellbeing from Nairobi with Assefa Bequele participating.
  • Extensive news wire coverage following the Nairobi launch including Associated Press (US), Reuters, ReutersAlert, AFP (France), Xinhua (China), EFE (Spanish), DPA and 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.
  • The Economist magazine coverage of the report and index on indicators and “It’s hard to be young” story on World page.
  • Widespread African coverage through 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, SABC interviews, Al, 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, World Affairs editor for BBC
  • The US news channel, ABC News ran the story online, on radio and TV.
  • Voice of America interviewed Dr Assefa Bequele and ran it on radio and TV.
  • Media coverage on national television during the presentation of the report to the Vice President of Kenya, Honorary 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.
  • Radio Interview on BNR in the Netherlands with Ms. Els Hekstra, Executive Director – International Child Support
  • Newspaper article following an interview in The WERELD (Netherlands) with David Mugawe titled “Political will overcomes poverty
Some highlights of media results: (The African Report on Child Wellbeing 2011)
  • Article in The Lancet, “Child wellbeing in Africa: the true wealth of nations”, saying “The report’s authors took national budgets to be indicative of the true extent to which governments are prepared to match speeches with tangible action”
  • 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.