We insist on promoting exchange and cooperation between state and civil society for action which is reciprocal, responsible and sustainable. It is thereby crucial to include everyone involved.
Based on many years of experience in working on projects for children and young people in Africa, we are active in the following fields of intervention:
These axes of intervention are defined in the project goals which are filled with content by concrete activities. The implementation of projects is predominantly managed by our local partner organisations, which are advised and supported by us.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child was passed on November 20th 1989 and ratified by all states except the U.S. and Somalia. It is the first worldwide, cross-national treaty which deals solely with child protection. The focus is on the child as a person with fundamental rights who needs protection and is not just an ‘object’ of help. This approach has changed the perception and status of children and has led to new, rights-based measures for the protection of children and young people.
The African Charter for the Rights and Welfare of the Child additionally considers regional, cultural and social aspects particular to Africa. This charter was agreed on by the Conference of the Heads of State and Government on July 11th 1990. It came into effect in November 1999 and has been ratified by 45 African states since. It grants children the same rights as the CRC but at the same time highlights their duties in society.
Despite much progress, the rights established in the CRC and the ACRWC are only respected to an unsatisfactory degree in most countries, particularly in Africa. Often, there is a lack of proficiency and resources to implement these basic human rights.
Picture above: legal assistance for detained children in R. D. Congo. © KiRA
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