The African Children’s Charter Project (ACCP) was conceived in 2009 by Plan Sweden as a strategic initiative to improve the lives of children in Africa through the enhanced implementation of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC) throughout the institutional, political and public spheres of the African Union (AU).
The conception took a unique form when Plan Sweden discussed the idea of the ACCP with four other child-focused institutions to form a consortium of partners to undertake the project. Thus, Save the Children Sweden (SCS) [now Save the Children International (SCI)], African Child Policy Forum (ACPF), Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) and the Community Law Centre (CLC) / Dullah Omar Institute of the University of the Western Cape (UWC) joined Plan International to form the first ever partnership of its kind for the advancement of children’s rights within the framework of the African Union. The partnership was built on previous collaborative efforts between these institutions in various settings, their complementary strengths, individual specialisations, knowledge and experience working with the AU and its human rights mechanisms and with civil society working on children’s rights and welfare in Africa.
Bound by their common vision of improving implementation of the ACRWC, the five consortium members set to work from 2010 to develop a project proposal for the ACCP to raise $2.5 million from the Swedish International Development Assistance (SIDA) to fund the Project, which was envisaged to run for four years from 2011 to 2014.
|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|