The goal of this study is to highlight and evaluate the impact of conflict and crisis situations on children through children’s voices in order to trigger political commitment and action by African leaders to address the issue as matter of urgency.
The study addresses 13 countries, seven of which were experiencing active conflict at the time the research was conducted: Burundi, Central African Republic, Kenya, Libya, Nigeria, Somalia and South Sudan. The remaining six are in fragile post-conflict situations or in a major humanitarian crisis requiring a system-wide response: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone and Sudan.
The study has two parts, a review of literature and field visits to four of the countries experiencing conflict: Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia and South Sudan. During the field visits, interviews and focus group discussions were held with children. Key informants were also interviewed.