African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) is a leading, independent, not-for-profit, pan-African centre of policy research and dialogue on the African child. Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ACPF was established with the conviction that putting children first on the public agenda is fundamental for the realisation of their rights and wellbeing and for bringing about lasting social and economic progress in Africa. 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, inter-governmental 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 the developing world.
ACPF believes that knowledge, advocacy, policy dialogue, partnership and collective action are key for effecting change in Africa. ACPF’s work draws on good practices and that which is positive in African culture and tradition. ACPF has also worked closely with the ACERWC on numerous activities namely: providing technical presentations on thematic issues concerning children in Africa; providing the ACERWC with up to date statistical and thematic country reports to facilitate in their deliberations when examining State Party reports; as well as inviting the ACERWC to important policy conferences and forums to make presentations on the status of children’s rights on the continent and suggest key priority areas for action. ACPF also enjoys Observer Status with the ACERWC. For further information on ACPF’s work.
The Community Law Centre (CLC) is based at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2015, the Community Law Centre was renamed into the Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights to honour its founding director and the first Minister of Justice in a democratic South Africa. The Institute is a multi-sectoral research institution focusing on multi-level government, economic and social rights, children’s rights, rights of incarcerated persons and prison reform, and citizen empowerment in democratic governance. The Institute is founded on an illustrious history of playing a major role in the development of South Africa’s democratic constitution in the early 1990s, and the other important laws such as the Children’s Act and the Child Justice Act. The Institute has also undertaken advocacy leading to South Africa’s ratification of UN human rights instruments such as the Convention Against Torture and its domestication.
The Dullah Omar Institute also enjoys Observer Status with the ACmHPR. One of the Institute’s past doctoral researchers – and now a Professor and head of the Children’s Rights Project (CRP) Dr Benyam Mezmur, is the current Chairperson of the ACERWC and Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. The CRP works towards the recognition and protection of children’s rights within the framework of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the ACRWC and the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. It places particular emphasis on juvenile justice, child protection, in particular the prohibition of corporal punishment, family law, the rights of children with disabilities and child labour. The CRP also focuses on supporting child law reform processes in Africa, in partnership with UNICEF under the African Child Law Reform Project.”
Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa The Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) was founded and established in 1998 as a pan-African non-governmental organisation based in Banjul, the Gambia. IHRDA is registered as a charitable institution under the laws of the Gambia. Though headquartered in Banjul, IHRDA works across the continent by building strong partnerships and networks with national, regional and international NGOs working is various African countries, as well as working directly with victims of human rights violations. IHRDA works to create awareness about African regional human rights mechanisms and to increase their accessibility, usage and effectiveness.
IHRDA’s principal focus is ensuring that the enforcement mechanisms of African human rights treaties are an effective instrument for redress of human rights violations on the continent. IHRDA believes that this can be achieved if these mechanisms are independent, accessible, efficient, dynamic, and better utilised by all, including African civil society. IHRDA therefore focuses its activities on both strengthening these mechanisms themselves and improving civil society’s interaction with them. Through litigation, advocacy and capacity building, IHRDA demonstrates that the use of the African regional instruments and mechanisms provide an important avenue for securing human rights and reparations. Since its inception, IHRDA has offered its technical expertise to the ACERWC, ACmHPR and the ACtHPR). IHRDA was the first to apply for and be granted Observer Status and also filed the second communication before the ACERWC and obtained the first decision on the merits.
Plan International (Plan) was created in 1937 as a child-centred community development organisation. Plan’s vision is of a world in which all children realize their full potential in societies which respect peoples’ rights and dignity. Using a right-based approach to programming, Plan works with children, their families, communities, local organizations, governments and inter-governmental organization to achieve lasting improvements for children living in poverty in developing countries. In Africa, Plan has substantial programs in 24 countries across the continent. It has two regional offices to coordinate these programs: one in Nairobi for Plan’s programs in East and South Africa; and one in Dakar for programs in West Africa. It has also established a Pan-African Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to strengthen its collaboration with the AU on children’s rights. Plan also has enjoyed Observer Status with the ACmHPR since May 2009.
Plan Sweden was created in 1997, and is one of Plan International’s 17 “National Organisations”. These National Organisations are constituted as separate legal entities with their own Board and governance mechanisms but they share the same goals, values and programmatic framework as Plan International. Sweden plays a central role in raising funds for Plan programs worldwide, and is one of Plan’s leading offices in terms of international advocacy for children’s rights, supporting Plan International’s initiatives at the UN, the AU, and the EU and at national levels. Plan Sweden has been supporting Plan’s advocacy work at Pan-African level since 2008.
Save the Children international (SCI) is one of the main implementers of the project’s activities through its offices: Save the Children’s Regional Programme in East Africa has been a prime mover behind the ACCP together with Plan. It coordinates Save the Children’s work on the ACCP and plays an overall project supporting role. Under the ACCP Proposal for the extension of the project to 2015-2016: Save the Children’s Regional Programme for Southern Africa will participate in objective 2 activities to reach SADC, as well as objective 3 activities to strengthen civil society in Southern Africa to use AU mechanisms for child rights. Save the Children’s Regional Programme based at the Senegal Country Office in Dakar, Senegal will participate in and coordinate some activities under objective 2 to reach the ACHPR Tje and ECOWAS, as well as objective 3 activities to strengthen civil society in West Africa to use AU child rights mechanisms.
Save the Children Sweden (SCS) is the consortium member, together with Plan International, responsible for the ACCP’s design and oversight as well as being responsible for the implementation of specific activities within the project. SCS’ involvement is a collaboration between Save the Children programmes in East Africa (Nairobi), West and Central Africa (Senegal), Southern Africa (Pretoria), Save the Children’s Africa Advocacy Office (Addis Ababa) and Save the Children Sweden’s Head Office (Stockholm). Save the Children has Observer Status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and was the first international NGO to be granted Observer Status with the ACERWC in 2010.
Other Affiliated Partners The ACCP consortium works closely with the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) and its Secretariat. The ACERWC is an 11-member body established by the AU in accordance with the ACRWC to promote and protect the rights and welfare of the child in Africa. As the principal beneficiary of the Project’s outputs, the consortium members maintain a close working relationship with the Committee as a collective and with individual Members where necessary. The ACERWC Secretariat maintains regular operational contact with the ACCP Project Coordinator and focal persons in the consortium members on activities. The ACERWC is supported by the AU Commission’s Department of Social Affairs (DSA, which has operational responsibility for the work of the ACERWC within the African Union. Given the Department’s strategic position to the ACERWC and the AU’s programmes for children’s rights and welfare, the ACCP partners also maintain a close working relationship with the DSA
|ACCP Planning Workshop, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia|
|29th Ordinary Session of the ACERWC, Maseru, Lesotho|
|ACCP Steering Committee Face to Face meeting, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia|
|ACCP annual review and planning workshop in Accra, Ghana|