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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Mark Townsend - The Guardian,

The UK Home Office has been accused of attempting to deport unaccompanied 16-year-olds to Rwanda in the first wave of asylum seekers to be sent to east Africa later this month. Charities have identified what they describe as a “worrying pattern” of children being classed as adults by Home Office age assessments, raising fears they could be among those deported 4,500 miles to Rwanda.

Anna W. Wright, Joana Salifu Yendork, Wendy Kliewer ,

Institutional childcare is associated with developmental delays and setbacks. Since alternative options are not always available, it is important to investigate youth in institutional settings to evaluate how to provide optimal care.

ESARO Regional Learning Platform on Care Reform,

This is the monthly update of the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Learning Platform published in June 2022. 

Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network – Africa (JENA), the Africa Task Force of the Vatican COVID-19 Commission ,

This report captures the learning at a two-day conference which brought together practitioners and specialists for a critical examination of the Theology and Practice of Child Protection in Africa in Nairobi on May 23 - 24, 2022.

Transforming Children's Care Global Collaborative Platform,

This webinar presents the findings from the stage one analysis of the legal, policy and procedural frameworks of orphanage trafficking in Cambodia, Uganda, and Nepal. It also featured presentations on the situation of orphanage trafficking from in-country investigators and experts.

Transforming Children's Care Global Collaborative Platform,

Orphanage trafficking involves the recruitment and/or transfer of children to residential care institutions for a purpose of exploitation and profit. It typically takes place in lower- and middle-income countries where child protection services systems are highly privatized, under-regulated, and primarily funded by overseas sources. Orphanage trafficking crimes are poorly understood, often go undetected and are rarely prosecuted- even in countries where its occurrence has been well documented.

UNICEF, Changing the Way We Care,

This is the first monthly update of the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Learning Platform published in May 2022. 

Cassandra Cotton, Shelley Clark, Sangeetha Madhavan,

Childrearing in sub-Saharan Africa is often viewed as collaborative, where children benefit from support from kin. For single mothers living in informal settlements, kin networks may be highly dispersed and offer little day-to-day childrearing support, but may provide opportunities for child fostering. This study conducted in Nairobi, Kenya, uses a linked lives approach, where single mothers’ connections with kin and romantic partners may influence whether – and what type of – kin are relied on to support child fostering.

Changing the Way We Care, ESARO Regional Learning Platform on Care Reform,

The Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Learning Platform hosted a webinar on 11 May 2022 examining why it is important to align care systems in development and humanitarian contexts and provides practical examples from Kenya and Uganda.

Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Learning Platform on Care Reform,

Join us on the 11th of May from 11.00 - 12.30 Nairobi time to explore the importance of ensuring that care systems developed in humanitarian settings adhere to national standards and contribute to the development of national care systems. Examples from Uganda and Kenya will illustrate how care systems in refugee camps can be aligned with the national care system.