In marking the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family (IYF), Parenting in Africa Network (PAN) and its partners recently hosted a Regional experts’ meeting at the Hilton Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, whose theme was “Restoring families as the Pillar of Development in Africa”. The meeting brought together over sixty (60) participants, drawn from 9 countries in Africa. They included representatives from CSO’s, Regional and International NGO’s, Government Departments, Academia, the Private sector, Policy Makers, Family Services Practitioners, individuals and a representative from the African Union AU - Committee of Experts on the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.

Outcomes: A call to action: (kindly follow link to endorse/comment and read a detailed background of the call) was developed in the regional meeting, ahead of the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family on 15th May, (and the 10th anniversary of the Plan of Action - PoA - on the family in Africa).

The Plan of Action calls on Member States to “develop national capacities to reduce poverty at the family level and to increase the income per capita and GDP” (p.10). It also aims at guiding African Union Member States in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating appropriate national policies and programmes for the family on the basis of their specific requirements and needs.

The network will appreciate feedback through the discussion forum (in the above link); Share your organization/institution’s name, with the subject “ Endorsing call to Action - IYF +20” through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can add up your voice to the call.

Reflections on Africa's Indigenous knowledge on Parenting: indigenous parenting practices of different communities in Africa (2014): Enjoy PAN’s (recently launched) studies showcasing forgotten indigenous parenting studies, of 4 African countries, through the following links:

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Source: Parenting in Africa Network (PAN)

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Tuesday, 04 December 2012 13:23

UGANDA: Facing the Dilemma of Early Parenthood


3 December 2012 - Betty Nalukwago had kept her illness a secret from her children. It was only Jessica Semambo, now a worker of Phoebe Educational Fund, a non-governmental organization that cares for the elderly, who knew what was ailing her mother.

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10 November 2012 - EDITORIAL. A survey commissioned by the government shows that about 247,000 families countrywide are embroiled in different types of conflicts that risk breaking them up.

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Wednesday, 07 November 2012 13:11

UGANDA: Single Mother of Hope


6 November 2012 - It is tough mothering albinos with other disabilities; but as Geoffrey Namukoye reports, Joyce Salirwa keeps her spirits up, and her hope alive.

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Thursday, 24 November 2011 07:24

NAMIBIA: Favouring a Child Can Be Poisonous


Children depend on parents to provide a stable environment. However, when parents start favouring one child over another, the less fovoured get less perplexed and will ask where they went wrong.

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Monday, 10 October 2011 09:12

Why don’t smart teens have sex?


There are consequences for all those who engage in unprotected sex. However, teenagers are particularly at risk, mostly because they use effective contraception less consistently than adults. No surprises, then, that the reduction or delay of sexual involvement among young people has become a major priority for policy-makers motivated by concerns about sexually transmitted infection and unintended pregnancy.

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Parents with children serving prison sentences have been requested to visit them more frequently and contribute towards their rehabilitation process.

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Nearly fifty per cent of the street children in the major urban centres in the oil producing region of South Sudan appear to have been forced onto the streets due to the abuse of their rights, cruelty and a lack of parental care.

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Families headed by youths aged 15 to 24 are on the rise, a study conducted by the Institute of Economic Affairs has revealed.

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"Child's right in a Modern Society" was the title of the lecture delivered on November 18, 2010 at the Odundun, Townhall, Ile-Oluji, by Chief Makanjuola Esan, former Attorney-General of Ondo State in 1994-1996 and pioneer A-G of Ekiti State, 1996-1997. The lecture was delivered as part of activities marking the 20th Coronation Anniversary of His Royal Majesty, Oba S.S. Adedugbe, FNSE, The Jegun Olu-Ekun and Paramount Ruler of Ile-Oluji Kingdom.

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