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Roundtable Experts Meeting on the Revised Child-friendliness Index
27.Mar.18 - 28.Mar.18
Addis Ababa -
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Roundtable Experts Meeting on the Revised Child-friendliness Index 
and the theme of the African Report on Child Wellbeing 2018

1. Background

It is evident from the various multi-country studies carried out over the last years and treaty bodies’ observations that commendable progress has been made in the promotion of children’s rights in most countries of Africa. This has led to achievements of relatively better child wellbeing outcomes, particularly in terms of enhancing children’s access to basic needs and essential services for health, education and protection against abuse and exploitation.

While these are encouraging developments, compliance with child rights remains a major concern in Africa. This is, in part, due to lack of effective mechanisms to hold responsible bodies accountable for their action and overall performance.

The strategic focus of the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) is on promoting accountability and compliance with child rights standards. The Child-friendliness Index is a key measurement and analytical framework that ACPF uses to monitor and promote accountability to children. It is a tool that quantitatively and systematically assesses the performance of governments in realising the rights and wellbeing of children and helps in our advocacy to promote action for improvement.

The Child-friendliness Index was introduced to the global and African child rights communities including governments in 2008. It was issued on the first edition of ACPF’s flagship biennial report series - The African Report on Child Wellbeing 2008: How child-friendly are African governments? Since then, it has been widely used both by ACPF and other organisations in Asia to assess child-friendliness of governments and enjoyed fairly wide coverage of the international media and resonated well among its target audience.

Over the last ten years, ACPF has been closely observing the strengths and weaknesses of the Index and soliciting feedback from users on areas for improvement. The revision process was intended to revisit the conceptual framework, undertake in-depth statistical review of its methodology and examine the various techniques used for standardisation, aggregation and weighting for further improvement and refinement of the Index. Furthermore, the African Report on Child Wellbeing 2018, the 5th edition of the series planned to be launched towards the end of this year, will focus on promoting accountability to children. The report will use the revised Index as the framework for analysis and a sharper tool for advocacy.

ACPF is organizing a roundtable meeting of experts in connection with the revised Child-friendliness Index and the African Report on Child Wellbeing 2018. This information note provides brief background about the meeting, its objectives and other relevant information related to the venue, participants profile and contact details for further enquiry.


2. Main objectives of the roundtable experts meeting

The main purpose of the meeting is to solicit experts’ feedback on the revised approach and methodology of the Child-friendliness Index and the African Report on Child Wellbeing 2018 for further enrichment and use in its advocacy on accountability to children.

The other objectives of the meeting include:

  • Strengthening collaboration on measuring, monitoring and promoting accountability to children in other developing regions of the world;
  • Soliciting support for resource mobilization, both technical and financial, to adapt and use the CFI at national level to monitor, advocate and influence government action for better child wellbeing.


3. Participants’ profile

The meeting will bring together senior experts from around the world with rich experience in methodological development, statistical analyses, policy evaluation and advocacy on child rights and wellbeing. It also involves policy practitioners, both from government and non-government sectors, working on children’s issues. The meeting in particular involves:

  • Scholars from the academic circle and think tanks both within and outside Africa;
  • Senior experts from UN agencies, civil society organisations and consortiums working on children’s issues;
  • Experts/Policy Practitioners from government bodies responsible for children’s affairs;
  • Representatives of treaty bodies: Members of the UN Committee; Members of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child;
  • Regional Bodies: Experts from the African Union and UNECA;
  • Partners including Save the Children, Oak Foundation, Plan International and UNICEF.


4. Date and venue of the meeting

The two-day meeting will take place from 27-28 March 2018 at Saro-Maria Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


5. Logistical, visa and administrative support

ACPF will make logistical arrangements for participants coming from outside of Ethiopia including support to facilitate visa processing in Ethiopian embassies abroad.


6. Contacts

For additional enquiries, please contact:

Mr Yehualashet Mekonen

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Mr Negussie Dejene

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Telephone: 251-11-6628192/96/97/99; Fax: 251-11-6628200 ;



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