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DCI-Africa

National Sections

DCI National Sections in the region: Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, Guinea, Central African Republic, Burkina Faso and Zambia.

Regional activities

Africa is a region where DCI operation remains very much needed as children and young people still face huge challenges in the enjoyment of their human rights. Many African governments are experiencing economic growth, yet, little of this growth is reflected in the daily lives of the majority of citizens. Thus, the operation of civil society organisations, such as DCI, is to carry out persistent advocacy with the aim to influence and improve the life of the people.

The DCI Movement is present through its national sections across the African continent and has a huge potential to grow further. Despite the geographical distance between these sections and cost implications for meetings to be arranged, there has been considerate regional integration and coordination among DCI sections in Africa, in particular:

  • The African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC)  Ordinary Sessions. DCI obtained its Observer Status at the ACERWC in the year 2017, and has since then delivered statements regarding the state of Children and their rights in the continent.
  • The Kampala Conference follow-up in collaboration with African Child Policy Forum (the ACPF), with focus on strengthening the role of the Guidelines on child-friendly justice within the work of the ACERWC (African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child).
  • The Mano River Union (MRU), a sub-regional association established in 1973 between Liberia and Sierra Leone. In 1980 and 2008, Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire respectively joined the Union. The primary goal of the Union is to foster economic cooperation among the countries, but this has now been expanded to cover security and human rights including child protection.
  • The Girl Advocacy Alliance (GAA) was an initiative of Defence for Children International – ECPAT Netherlands , Plan International Netherlands, and Terre des Hommes Netherlands, in cooperation with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the aim to influence key stakeholders in national governments and intergovernmental agencies, the private sector, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and local communities. Moreover, the GAA will strengthen and train girls and young women, as well as their respective organizations, to stand up for their rights. In Africa, the program ran in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Uganda, from 2015 to 2020.
  • The sub-regional She Leads programme is a consortium that brings together child rights organisations, feminist/women’s rights organisations and groups led by girls and young women in a joint effort to increase the sustainable influence of girls and young women (GYW) on decision-making and the transformation of gender norms in formal and informal institutions.
 

Contact

DCI-Vicepresident Africa: Roguiatou Diallo: africa@defenceforchildren.org

Regional Desk Coordinator: Prodige Kabunga: prodige.kabunga@defenceforchildren.org

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