Children and Youth Facing Violence in Africa: What do we know? What can we do?

Children and youth facing violence in Africa

Developing more effective, evidence-based policies and programmes to prevent and respond to violence affecting children is becoming a key global priority, as signified by targets on ending all forms of violence against children by 2030 as part of the Global Goals. 

On the African continent increasing attention is being directed towards developing regional and national action plans for preventing violence affecting children. Around the continent research studies have generated insights into the multiple ways in which violence affects the lives of children, and the ways in which diverse contexts may protect from or exacerbate risks. However, there has been a disconnect between research and policy, with insufficient sharing of the implications of research evidence for policy and practice, and few studies focused on policy processes linked to violence against children and young people. 

On 18-19 September the Federal Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, the Ethiopian Development Research Institute’s Ethiopian Centre for Child Research, the Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) programme, Oak Foundation, University College London and Young Lives are hosting a workshop on ‘Children and Youth Facing Violence in Africa.’ It will bring together researchers, policy actors and practitioners to share evidence on what we know and what we can do to address violence faced by children and youth from diverse contexts across the region. 

The workshop aims at sharing findings of policy-relevant research from different African countries on violence affecting children and youth in the continent. Various papers will be presented by researchers and programme implementers working on 12 different African countries: Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Togo, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia, as well as high-level government officials and an African Union Goodwill Ambassador. 

Please find the workshop agenda here and the abstracts here.

Notes to editors 

 Pan-African workshop on ‘Children and Youth Facing Violence in Africa’ taking place on 18-19 September. 

 The workshop will bring together researchers and programme implementers working on 12 different African countries: Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Togo, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia, as well as high-level government officials and an African Union Goodwill Ambassador. 

 

For more information or to arrange an interview with the organisers, please contact Kiros Birhanu via kirosb2005@gmail.com or +251 (0)91 115 0657