This page contains documents and other resources related to children's care in Africa. Browse resources by region, country, or category. Resources related particularly to North Africa can also be found on the Middle East and North Africa page.

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List of Organisations

Ekisa Ministries,

In this course you will learn from Ekisa Ministries, a nonprofit organization located in Jinja, Uganda, that has been working with children with disabilities for over a decade. The hope is that you will finish this course with an understanding of what it may look like for your organization to incorporate children with disabilities and help them find their way home.

UNICEF, Changing the Way We Care,

This case study details the experience of Attim, a 54-year-old grandmother from Eastern Uganda who provides care for her grandchildren after they left residential care. Social workers in Uganda often find that placement with extended family members is the most appropriate option for children leaving residential care. 

UNICEF, Changing the Way We Care, Child's i Foundation,

This case study tracks the impact of family support services to a Ugandan mother and her family during the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to prevent family separation. 

UNICEF, Changing the Way We Care, Republic of Rwanda National Child Development Agency,

This case study documents the story of David's reintegration from a residential care home for children with disabilities in Rwanda to kinship care with his grandparents.

UNICEF, Changing the Way We Care,

This case study documents the story of Mary, one of thousands of children in Kenya who were sent to family care suddenly without any preparation when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Mary's story highlights the need for family assistance to see a reunification through to successful reintegration.

UNICEF, Changing the Way We Care,

This is the monthly update of the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Learning Platform published in January 2023. 

Better Care Network, Changing the Way We Care (CTWWC),

This study was designed to be a small insights-based qualitative learning and reflection study to explore catalysts for transition. It was based on interviews conducted with Charitable Children’s Institutions’ (CCI) directors that sought to identify and explore the range of factors that influenced each director’s decision to transition their residential care services, and the interplay between those factors.

Research Program on Children and Adversity - Boston College,

The Program Manager will support a 20-year long intergenerational/longitudinal study of war affected youth in Sierra Leone (ISWAY). This study is funded by the NIMH and will advance the understanding of potential biological embedding of stress responses intergenerationally.

ESARO Regional Learning Platform,

This UNICEF ESARO webinar discussed strategies for building strong families and communities and preventing child-family separation in the region.

Kristina João Nazimova,

This article examines how language, liminality, and social marginalization converge in the institutional lives of two displaced children in Angola. A displaced child is very likely to be placed into institutionalized care, which in Angola exists in the form of centros de acolhimento, residential centers that house minors affected by orphanhood, poverty, displacement, or abandonment. Drawing on one year of ethnographic research in two residential centers, the article argues that despite being sites of care and protection, some children come to desire living on the street as a byproduct of persistent marginalization and forms of liminality in the institutions.