Children's rights

Successful Youth Policy: Lessons From the African Peer Review Mechanism

"Youth policy provides a strategic framework for countries to structure their youth development efforts. Drawing on the work of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), the policy brief examines the state and prospects of youth policy in Africa. It argues that while youth policies are becoming more common, there is a need for better design and more innovative implementation strategies. In...

Social Protection : Targeting the Most Vulnerable Children The Case Study of Tanzania

This research reported on the targeting approaches used in social protection interventions for the livelihood of the most vulnerable children. Intervention organizations mainly adopted three types of targeting approaches : 1) the community-based approach, which was the most widely used, 2) identifying children and their households based on a case-by-case basis through some kind of proxy means...

Zambians Overwhelmingly Disapprove of Domestic Violence and Corporal Punishment

Publisher: Afrobarometer
Published: 2015
"An overwhelming majority of Zambians say they are opposed to physical violence as a way to discipline women and children, Afrobarometer’s most recent survey reveals.1 Disapproval of wife battering is so widespread in Zambia that there is little or no difference in views across genders, urban/rural locations, or education levels. Opposition to corporal punishment of children, both at home...

Child Budget Analysis in Kenya: National Government and Six County Governments

Kenya is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) as well as the African Charter on the Rights and the welfare of the child as well as various other international conventions. The country has gone much further to domesticate this convention through the Children Act, 2001 as demonstration of its commitment towards safeguarding the rights of children who...

The Question of Youth Participation in Peacebuilding Processes in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria

"The available body of literature addressing the roles of young people in armed conflict provides evidence of extensive child and youth involvement in warfare. For instance, Ukiwo (2003) draws attention to the role of young people as key actors in the escalation of violent conflicts in Nigeria’s Plateau State city of Jos, while other scholars emphasise the notorious use of violence by youths...

Strategies to Support Youth-headed Households in Kenya and Rwanda

"There is a growing number of youth-headed households in Sub-Saharan Africa that have specific vulnerabilities not often addressed by current policies and programs in their home countries. Where countries have developed strategies to support orphans and vulnerable children, there has been a limited focus on youth-headed households as a social group requiring attention. Rwanda has articulated...

Assessing Levels and Determinants of Child Deprivation in Eastern and Southern Africa

Publisher: African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP)
Published: 2012
"Progress in addressing inequities in child health and wellbeing in Africa has partly been curtailed by lack of proper indicators to measure and monitor progress in reducing the vulnerability of children. Child wellbeing has mostly been identified and measured using uni-dimensional approaches such as household income and consumption. Such approaches overlook the multidimensional nature and...

Legal and Policy Framework for Children’s Rights in Rwanda

This document comprises a brief guide to the institutional, legal and policy framework for the promotion and protection of children’s rights in Rwanda. A strong commitment to children’s rights, was demonstrated in Rwanda, having ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1990 (Appendix One). Rwanda has made excellent progress in ensuring children’s rights with a number of...

Child Migration in Ghana: Issues, Risks and Opportunities

"On May 13, 2011, media in Ghana reported that 116 children between the ages of four and 17 were rescued from communities along Lake Volta—which links the country’s northern savannah with the coast—after they had been trafficked from the country’s Central, Eastern, Greater Accra, and Volta regions (Awuni 2011). Ghana is recognized as a source, transit, and destination for women and children...

The complexity of applying UN Resolution 1325 in post conflict reintegration processes: The case of Northern Uganda

"The United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolution 1325 calls on all actors involved to address the special needs of women and girls during rehabilitation, reintegration and post-conflict reconstruction. This study endeavors to analyse the reintegration experience of women and girls in post-conflict Uganda. In this country, the recruitment of combatants by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA)...

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