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About the CLR

The Child Law Resources (CLR) is a database of international, regional and national legal instruments and policy documents related to children in Africa. The CLR seeks to provide all stakeholders for children's rights access to the available legal and policy resources related to children in every country in Africa. In 2010, ACPF published Volume I of the Child Law Resources which provided a consolidated compilation online and on CD of the most important international and regional instruments on children. In 2012, Volume II of the Child Law Resources was published, which focussed on the reporting status of African States to the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. In 2013, ACPF has developed what is now simply called The Child Law Resources (CLR), a comprehensive database on legal and policy resources for children which comprises national laws and policies related to children for all African countries and include those resources made available on Volume I and II. The CLR includes documents such as Declarations, Guidelines, Resolutions and Rules adopted at international and regional levels as well as thematic summaries on children.

There is an appreciable development towards a harmonized legal and policy framework on the rights and protection of children in Africa. There is also a noticeable and positive trend by African states to meet their international and regional obligations through ratification, domestication and reporting to human rights treaty bodies. Nevertheless, there is a persistent need for up-to-date evidence on the status of child laws and policies across the continent. Therefore, the CLR provides relatively comprehensive information on the legal and policy framework pertaining to children in Africa that should inform the necessary legal and policy reform. It will also contribute towards strengthening accountability to children based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC).

ACPF engaged in an extensive process to collect and consolidate the documents included on the CLR. However, given that adoption of laws and policy development is an ongoing process, this compilation will need to be updated regularly. The CLR will be updated annually through a deliberate process to include all recent developments in the policy and legislative framework for children in Africa. In addition, ACPF welcomes any information on additional documents that are not yet included on the CLR website.

The format of presentation i.e. a single electronic compilation of the resources is believed to foster constructive comparison through documentation of good practices in legal and policy reform in Africa. Users may consult the Resource Center of ACPF at [email protected] to access the CLR. Considering internet inaccessibility in Africa, the CLR is published in an offline CD format.


Appreciation goes to ACPF's staff at the Children and the Law Programme for their tireless work and invaluable inputs to produce this publication.

Special thanks go to Yesakor Technologies for their technical assistance in producing this electronic publication.

Finally this publication would not have been possible without the financial support from Save the Children International East Africa Regional Office (SCI- EARO). We are grateful for their partnership and continued support to our work.