Putting Children First: Identifying Solutions and Taking Action to Tackle Poverty and Inequality in Africa

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As part of The Global Coalition to End Child Poverty, we are co-hosting a three-day conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from October 23 to 25, 2017. Our Executive Director, Alberto Minujin, will be presenting about our work on Urban Inequities and Children.

This three-day international conference aims to engage policy makers, practitioners and researchers in identifying solutions for fighting child poverty and inequality in Africa, and inspiring action towards change. The conference offers a platform for bridging divides across sectors, disciplines and policy, practice and research.


Conference aims:

  • to identify, debate and advocate proven solutions to end child poverty in Africa;
  • to share and discuss new research on who and where poor children are, why they are poor and what tailored approaches to address their situation may look like;
  • to discuss particular policy and programming challenges and how they can be addressed;
  • to build links and networks between researchers, policy makers and practitioners;
  • to stimulate learning on particular skills that may help to move research to action.

Conference themes:

The conference will be framed around the following themes:

  1. “Setting the scene: Who and where are the poor children?” This theme aims to provide insight into the plight of overlooked children, to strengthen data collection and measurement efforts to ensure that no child is overlooked in the future.


  1. “Child-sensitive social protection: Making social protection work for children”. This theme aims to promote a better understanding of how social protection can be improved to help children, including links to services and the adoption of more child-oriented approaches.


  1. “Ensuring access to basic services for all: Reaching the poorest and most marginalised children”. This theme aims to gain insight into how access to services can be secured for the most excluded and marginalised, including views on how to remove specific barriers and involve a social workforce and community-based mechanisms.


  1.  “Supporting secure transitions to adulthood”. This theme aims to explore how the ‘youth bulge’ can be considered a ‘demographic dividend’ and how young people can be supported in the transition to adulthood with regard to education, work, family and aspirations.

More detailed information about the themes, key questions to be considered and the conference objectives can be found in the conference concept note:

Confirmed speakers include:

  • H.E Ms Demitu Hambisa, Minister Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Ethiopia
  • Ms. Leila Pakkala, Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, UNICEF
  • Dr. Agnes Akosua Aidoo, International Board of Trustees, ACPF
  • Jane Kabubo-Mariara, Executive Director, PEP
  • Nora Groce, Director of the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre, UCL
  • Alberto Minujin, Executive Director of Equity for Children
  • Jo Boyden, Director of Young Lives

 See the full Conference agenda.

 Read the Research Paper, co-authored by Alberto Minujin, submitted for the conference.

Call for Action:

The conference will conclude with a commitment to action towards fighting child poverty and inequality in Africa. Action steps will be summarized in a Call for Action. We invite feedback on the draft Call for Action. Please direct any suggestions to Richard Morgan, Co-Chair of the Global Coalition to End Child Poverty [r.morgan@savethechildren.org.uk].

Communique for consultation: Putting Children First Conference


This international conference is hosted by:

The Ethiopian Centre for Child ResearchEthiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI), the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP), the ESRC-DFID Impact Initiative, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the Ethiopia Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (MoWCA), and the Global Coalition to End Child Poverty


Photo credit: International Centre for Migration, Health and Development


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