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Advancing accountability for Africa’s children

February 8 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am EST

Dr. Assefa Bequele’s authority on the issue is clear through his work with the United Nations and the ACPF over many years. Through the African Report on Child Wellbeing, the ACPF is a leader in bringing important issues and state accountability in Africa, to the forefront. The report annually 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.  The ACPF has a wealth of experience on the harmonization of laws, the preparation of guidelines on law reform, and so much more. Of note, the ACPF has developed a strategic collaboration with the African Union, multilateral and bilateral organizations and with civil society, seeking to improve the lives of children in Africa. Partnership and consensus building characterize the ACPF’s approach.

Topics:  Dr. Bequele will be addressing aspects of:  1.  Advancing state accountability in Africa. This would involve continuously reviewing and monitoring the child-friendliness of African governments; dialogue and advocacy at all levels – continental, regional and national, and helping countries to develop and implement national policies and plan of action;  2.  Combating crimes and extreme forms of violence against children: This  would involve documenting the problem; national and regional dialogue; extensive campaigns; 3.  Delivering justice to children: Review of national legal instruments and developing Children’s Legal Protection Centres in as many African countries as possible following the Ethiopian model. This is a practical way of delivering justice and a unique form of intervention that combines practical intervention with policy advocacy and law reform; and, 4.  Enhancing the voices of children and youth. This will build on pilot initiatives on Children and Youth Polls carried out by ACPF. A continental or intercountry programme of polling of children and youth would be a powerful policy and advocacy tool.

Dr. Bequele’s authority on the issue is clear through his work with the United Nations and the ACPF over many years. Through the African Report on Child Wellbeing, the ACPF is a leader in bringing important issues and state accountability in Africa, to the forefront. The report annually 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.  The ACPF has a wealth of experience on the harmonization of laws, the preparation of guidelines on law reform, and so much more. Of note, the ACPF has developed a strategic collaboration with the African Union, multilateral and bilateral organizations and with civil society, seeking to improve the lives of children in Africa. Partnership and consensus building characterize the ACPF’s approach.

Topics:  Dr. Bequele will be addressing aspects of:  1.  Advancing state accountability in Africa. This would involve continuously reviewing and monitoring the child-friendliness of African governments; dialogue and advocacy at all levels – continental, regional and national, and helping countries to develop and implement national policies and plan of action;  2.  Combating crimes and extreme forms of violence against children: This  would involve documenting the problem; national and regional dialogue; extensive campaigns; 3.  Delivering justice to children: Review of national legal instruments and developing Children’s Legal Protection Centres in as many African countries as possible following the Ethiopian model. This is a practical way of delivering justice and a unique form of intervention that combines practical intervention with policy advocacy and law reform; and, 4.  Enhancing the voices of children and youth. This will build on pilot initiatives on Children and Youth Polls carried out by ACPF. A continental or intercountry programme of polling of children and youth would be a powerful policy and advocacy tool.

Details

Date:
February 8
Time:
9:30 am - 11:30 am

Venue

Robertson Room
111 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Canada
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