Despite government efforts to improve the living conditions of children, particularly through social grants, almost two-thirds of all South African children live in poverty.

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Wednesday, 01 June 2011 05:38

TANZANIA: Children Deserve Better

 

As Tanzania joins the rest of the world today in marking the International Children's Day, the wellbeing of our young ones is far from secured. The large numbers of children living on the streets in towns and those condemned to a life of hunger and squalor in the rural areas are enough proof that the minors continue to bear the brunt of poverty, HIV/Aids and the effects of broken families.

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The richest countries in Africa spend less on looking after their children than the poorest ones, a new study shows.

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First Lady Thandiwe Banda has called on the corporate world to invest in the well-being of disabled children to ensure a brighter future for the nation.

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As election campaigning gains momentum in South Africa, many vote-seeking politicians trek all over the place, looking for support and publicity, but are seemingly untroubled by the fate of thousands of the country's children still living in extreme poverty. Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) this week has called on journalists to hold politicians accountable through a series of questions to 'force' children's issues in election manifestos.

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Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:44

ZAMBIA: Govt Acts to Safeguard Kids' Welfare

 

The Ministry of Sport, Youth and Child Development has said the Government is working to develop and implement an integrated social protection system that will deliver multi-faceted care and support packages for health care, education, nutrition and legal protection at domestic level.

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Amid rampant killings and economic paralysis, residents in parts of Côte d’Ivoire’s commercial capital Abidjan are eating “whatever they can find”, and have not worked in weeks, a youth in the northern district of Anyama told IRIN.

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Thursday, 24 February 2011 07:21

SOUTH AFRICA: Nation Failing Its Poor Children

 

South Africa's world-class government-led programmes are failing to reach poor children on the margins, according to child experts.

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The draft law that will establish the structure, organization and functioning of the National Children's Commission (NNC), has been forwarded to parliament.

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A new report launched today by The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) measures African government’s investment in children and confirms that a country’s commitment to child rights and wellbeing is not dependent on their economic status, but rather on political will and spending priorities.

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