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

Better Care Network,

This country brief provides an overview of data on children’s living arrangements in Sierra Leone extracted from the 2013 DHS survey.

Better Care Network,

This country brief provides an overview of data on children’s living arrangements in Ghana, extracted from the 2014 DHS survey. 

Catholic Relief Services,

Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. The primary role of the Technical Advisor (TA) II for Vulnerable Children and Social Service Systems Strengthening

Ministry of Empowerment, Social Welfare, Youth, Women, and Children - Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar,

Zanzibar’s Department of Social Welfare has announced a series of policies that it will implement in order to enhance the protection of children in alternative care in Zanzibar, particularly for residential care facilities. 

Onize Ohikere,

A U.S. federal court has sentenced a former missionary from Oklahoma to 40 years in prison for sexually abusing children at a Kenyan orphanage. His arrest and conviction—one case among several recent instances of overseas abuse—highlights the need for more vetting procedures in international volunteering, experts say. 

The African Child Information Hub,

Through this new "The African Child Information Hub" Facebook page, InfoHub aims to amplify advocacy efforts and awareness raising by engaging more people on social media. 

Better Care Network,

This country care review includes the care-related Concluding Observations adopted by the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Jini L. Roby, Lance Erickson, and Chanel Nagaishi,

Large scale studies published in the 1990s and early 2000s generally showed that significant educational disparities existed based on orphan status and a child's relationship to the head of the household. Since the data relied on by these studies were collected, the global community has conducted major campaigns to close these gaps, through the Education for All (EFA) and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This study examined these factors using eight country-years from five sub-Saharan African countries (Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, Uganda, and Zimbabwe).

Evelyn Lirri, Thomson Reuters Foundation,

Lawmakers passed a bill this week that requires foreigners seeking to adopt Ugandan children to live in the country continuously for at least one year before applying, thus ending the quicker route of claiming legal guardianship.

Issa Yussuf, Daily News,

The Director of the Department of Social Welfare in Zanzibar, Wahida Maabad Mohamed, recently presented findings of the ‘Rapid Assessment of the Children Living in Children’s Homes in Zanzibar’ which was undertaken from January to mid-February 2016. The aim of the survey was to collect data on children's homes in Pemba and Unguja.