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A f r i C h i l d
Our Work

Empowering Africa's Future Through Child-Centered Research and Innovation

The AfriChild Center is a leading research institution dedicated to improving children's lives in Africa. Established in 2013, it focuses on generating high-quality research to inform policies and practices related to child welfare, protection, education, and health. AfriChild emphasizes evidence-based approaches and collaboration with various stakeholders to drive sustainable development.

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Timothy Opobo

10+ Years of Experience

Our Core Program Areas

Promoting Wellbeing for Every African Child

The AfriChild Center is at the forefront of child welfare and development in Africa, dedicated to fostering a brighter future for children through comprehensive research and evidence-based interventions. Since its inception in 2013, the Center has been committed to addressing the multifaceted challenges faced by children in Uganda and across the continent. By leveraging interdisciplinary research, AfriChild generates critical insights that inform policy and practice, ensuring that interventions are both effective and sustainable. Our programs span a range of areas, including child protection, education, and health, with a focus on creating environments where children can thrive. Collaborating with a network of partners, including universities, governmental bodies, and international organizations, AfriChild is building a robust foundation for child-centered development and advocacy. Through our dedicated efforts, we aim to create lasting change and improve the lives of countless children, empowering them to reach their full potential and contribute to the sustainable development of their communities.

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Research and Learning Partnership with NRC, for ECD and Livelihoods Project

The AfriChild Centre is working with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Uganda to conduct research and learning for the NRC's Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) and Livelihoods Project. The project is being implemented in the Southwestern refugee settlements of Isingiro and Kyangwali, as well as with the urban refugees of Kampala in Uganda. The study will generate research and learning evidence on humanitarian interventions that employ the dual generation approach by focusing on skilling interventions for youth and early childhood care (both formal and informal) for their children. The findings from this study will be used to guide the development of early childhood care and development (ECCD) programming in humanitarian settings. Moreover, it will inform policymakers on how to best integrate ECCD into whole-family programming within the context of the humanitarian setting. The 20-month-long project began on November 1, 2023, and involves multiple stakeholders. The Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development (MoGLSD) is leading the implementation of ECCD at the national level. This is based on the integrated early childhood and development (IECD) policy and frameworks.

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ECD for Refugee Children in Uganda & Ethiopia

The AfriChild Centre has embarked on the inception of a 3-year project that aims to develop capacity for child-focused research, evaluation, and advocacy for Early Childhood Development (ECD) in refugee settings. This will be done by contributing evidence for effective policies and programs both in Uganda and Ethiopia.

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Evaluation of the Two-generation Approach to ECD – Kulea Watoto project.

The AfriChild Centre is the research and learning partner for a consortium of 5 organizations under the Kulea Watoto (Nurturing Children) Project. The consortium is led by the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Kabarole Research and Resource Centre, The AfriChild Centre, Literacy and Adult Basic Education, and The Madrasa Early Childhood Programme. The goal of the project is to improve the well-being and school readiness of children aged 0 to 5 years in refugee and host communities in Yumbe, Kyegegwa, and Kampala. The 3-year project (2023-2025) employs a two-generation approach that simultaneously targets both parents/caregivers and the children. As a research and learning partner, The AfriChild Centre is generating evidence to support the improvement, expansion and sustainability of integrated Early Childhood Development and livelihoods programming. Specifically, the research and learning will generate evidence on which programme models work for a two-generation approach that improves early learning and responsive caregiving at the household level. Additionally, the centre’s research explores which models address economic vulnerabilities and improve household incomes and livelihood opportunities for both refugees and host communities. The Centre is using complementary approaches to learn and will conduct outcome and process evaluations across all project implementation and control sites.

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The PPURE Program


The PPURE training program is one of the Centre’s flagship programs. PPURE was initiated in 2018 to train policymakers and practitioners in the use of research evidence with a focus on child sexual abuse and exploitation.

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The AfriChild Centre Speaker Series


The AfriChild Speaker series is an initiative by AfriChild to strengthen child well-being by providing a platform for engagement between academia, policymakers, and practitioners. This platform involves disseminating research evidence and discussing interventions related to child wellbeing to contribute to the SDGs 2030 and Agenda 2063. With the aim of interesting graduate students in child-focused research, we started the AfriChild Speaker Series.

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The AfriChild Centre Speaker Series


The AfriChild Speaker series is an initiative by AfriChild to strengthen child well-being by providing a platform for engagement between academia, policymakers, and practitioners. This platform involves disseminating research evidence and discussing interventions related to child wellbeing to contribute to the SDGs 2030 and Agenda 2063. With the aim of interesting graduate students in child-focused research, we started the AfriChild Speaker Series.

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Testing a Child Participation Tool


AfriChild in partnership with the Care and Protection of Children (CPC) Learning Network are testing out a tool that aims at enhancing child participa...

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Mapping Child Protection and Honour Study

The AfriChild Centre is partnering with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to explore how global narratives of child protection and perspectives of honour affect child wellbeing. This is part of a multi-country study taking place in Uganda, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and South Africa. AfriChild is leading the Uganda study. This study advances current scholarship on two topics related to honour: 1) honour as a factor in sustaining violence against children, and 2) honour as a factor contributing to child well-being through children’s social relationships (with family, peers, and community). This research agenda is informed by both a systematic scoping review of the literature on honour-related violence and children, and by a meeting held in Washington DC in November 2019. In this meeting a group of academics, researchers, funders and activists gathered to reflect on the links between honour and child protection, and how investigating these links can improve child protection programs and policies. In this study, AfriChild is using an innovative youth participatory approach to enhance children’s meaningful participation in research. The youth are actively involved as peer researchers and the Centre uses other participatory methods to enhance the research experience.

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Playful Futures

The AfriChild Centre received funding from Plan International-Uganda to conduct a baseline assessment for the Playful Futures project. Playful Futures (PF) aims to develop effective, scalable approaches for engaging educators and communities around Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) centres in support of Learning through Play (LtP). The baseline study was conducted in 80 Early Child Care and Education Centers in 6 districts of Alebtong, Lira, Kamuli, Buyende, Tororo and Nebbi. Study Objective The overall goal of the project is “Children improve literacy, and numeracy skills and develop socio-emotional skills through Learning through Play. Research QuestionTo what extent does the ECCE intervention improve quality and sustained learning through play and holistic development among children 3-6 years in centre-based learning environments?

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Inter-University Research Methods Training

The Inter-University Programme aims at strengthening inter-university collaboration and training in child-focused research skills. Under this program, AfriChild takes on mid-level child-focused researchers from seven universities in Uganda and equips them with skills in child-focused research methods, grant acquisition, and publication. The seven Universities the Centre works with are Makerere University, Kyambogo University, Nsamizi Training Institute, Uganda Martyrs University, Uganda Christian University, Gulu University, and Muni University.

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