Strengthening Child Protection Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Call to Action (Joint Inter-Agency Statement)
This Statement draws on a growing body of practice and evidence on child protection systems strengthening in sub-Saharan Africa and is inspired by the dialogue and findings of a multi-agency conference on the topic that took place in Dakar, Senegal in May 2012. Ten organisations convened on April 10–11, 2013 in Dakar to determine the technical content of this Statement. Readers may wish to refer to the substantial body of literature and resources on child protection systems in sub-Saharan Africa that was assembled and organised after the Dakar conference, including the Working Paper on Child Protection Systems Strengthening in sub-Saharan Africa.
The objective of this Statement is to (i) present a common understanding of child protection systems in sub-Saharan Africa and why they are important and worthy of investment; and (ii) issue a call to action to governments, the African Union, regional economic communities, multilateral agencies, donors, the private sector, academia, civil society organisations, communities and organised children’s and youth groups.