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pdf.png Investing in Ugandan Children HOT

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Science provides evidence that a critical window for brain development exists during early childhood, when new neural connections are formed during rapid proliferation. Then, through the process of pruning, the connections are refined as those that are not used frequently are prune away, and those used more frequently are reinforced (Center of the Developing Child, n.d.).
Thus, a child’s early experiences and interactions with the physical, emotional and social stimuli of their environment play a large role in dictating future cognitive and behavioural development. In adulthood, the brain’s malleability is reduced and it will become increasingly more difficult to alter cognitive functions and behaviours that have already been wired. Studies have shown that many issues in physical and mental health, economic productivity, and social citizenship can be traced back to adverse experiences during childhood; these will be discussed more in-depth in
the body of the paper.



pdf.png Final report CP in fishing communities HOT

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This report presents findings of a qualitative research on Community Based Child ProtectionMechanisms (CBCPMs) in a fishing community  on the shores of Lake Victoria, in Uganda. Whereas it is widely acknowledged that the protection rights of children in the fishing
communities are at great risk, no attempts have been made to understand the vulnerabilities and abuse that children in these communities suffer, nor the existing responses. The purpose of this study therefore was to identify the abuses and risks to children in fishing communities, and document the existing community-based child protection processes and mechanisms.



pdf.png REPORT ON COMMUNITY BASED CHILD PROTECTION MECHANISMS IN FISHING COMMUNITIES IN UGANDA HOT

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Community Based Child Protection Mechanisms have been recognized as an important way of mobilizing communities around child protection, and for preventing and responding to child abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence and are fast becoming an important programming response in Uganda. Components of CBCPMs include the people, groups, and networks that exist in communities, at the local level, to prevent and address child protection concerns and violations.

Members of CBCPMs include families, community members, leaders, and groups, religious organizations, and locally based governmental and NGO actors. Besides the CBCPMs, there is also what is regarded as formal child protection mechanisms. In the diverse sense, child protection mechanisms are systems that protect children from exploitation, abuse, violence and neglect and promote children’s well-being.



pdf.png National child focused policy research agenda HOT

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This research agenda represents a real opportunity for the Government of Uganda to establish a systematic approach to generating a timely and constant flow of rigorous research to inform policy discussions and decisions and to advocate for sustained and cost-effective investments in children at national and sub-national level.
As a guiding document for research on children it is hoped that this agenda will result in the generation of further evidence on the various dimensions of the multiple deprivations experienced by children in Uganda. Availability of more and relevant data will help overcome some of the challenges faced in producing the recent Situation Analysis of Children in Uganda (2015). In line with identified national priorities for children and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, it will be instrumental in stimulating positive change for children while working towards the eradication of child poverty and fostering children’s well-being and social inclusion.
I thank and congratulate my colleagues, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBoS), the AfriChild centre, UNICEF, and everyone who contributed to the development of this national child-focused policy research agenda.



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pdf.png INVESTING IN UGANDAN CHILDREN A RESPONSE TO UGANDA'S NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN II

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Science provides evidence that a critical window for brain development exists during early childhood, when new neural connections are formed during rapid proliferation. Then, through the process of pruning, the connections are refined as those that are not used frequently are pruned away, and those used more frequently are reinforced (Center of the Developing Child, n.d.).

Thus, a child’s early experiences and interactions with the physical, emotional and social stimuli of their environment play a large role in dictating future cognitive and behavioral development.

In adulthood, the brain’s malleability is reduced and it will become increasingly more difficult to alter cognitive functions and behaviours that have already been wired. Studies have shown that many issues in physical and mental health, economic productivity, and social citizenship can be traced back to adverse experiences during childhood; these will be discussed more in-depth in the body of the paper.



pdf.png Future Search Research Methodology training HOT

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pdf.png Research Preview Vocatoinal Apprenticeship HOT

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The African continent has the youngest population in the world. According to the World Bank, 200 million people in Africa are between 15 and 24. In Uganda, 78 percent of the country is below 30 with 56 percent below the age of 18. Like other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Uganda’s economic growth in recent years has not been accompanied by sufficient job creation. As a result, its youth population is experiencing significant problems in accessing stable employment, and rates of un[der]employment remain worryingly high.
In an effort to increase youth employability, policy makers have recently emphasized skill-development programs. In particular, the expansion of formal Vocational Training programs is high on the agenda of most Sub-Saharan African governments, NGOs and international agencies.



pdf.png AFRICHILD CENTRE CO-HOSTS THE FIRST ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON CHILD BEHAVIORAL HEALTH IN SUB SAHARAN AFRICA. HOT

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 AfriChild, Center for study of the African Child together with New York University’s Silver School of Social Work, Columbia University‘s International Center For Child Health and Asset Development(ICHAD) and Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, held the first annual conference on child behavioral health in Sub-Saharan Africa from July 12th - 15th 2016..



pdf.png OVCs and Justice System in Uganda HOT

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pdf.png Training of Young Researchers on Qualitative Data Analayis using Nvivo HOT

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pdf.png AfriChild’s involvement in the National Child Rights Convention and Learning Event

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The National child rights convention and learning event was a two-day occasion convened from June 13th to 14th 2016 at Silver Springs Hotel, Bugolobi by the Uganda Child Rights NGO Network (UCRNN) together with the Ministry of Gender Labor and Social Development (MGLSD) and AfriChild; Center for the study of the African child.



pdf.png Community Based Child Protection Mechanisms in a Fishing Community in Uganda, 2015 HOT

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pdf.png NATIONAL CHILD-FOCUSED POLICY RESEARCH AGENDA 2016-2020

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pdf.png A Ugandan Childhood Through the eyes of children and parents HOT

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In 2011, 320 children from across Uganda participated in a consultation on the nature of childhood in the country. Drawn from urban and rural areas in the south, north, east and west, children shared their hopes as they described what they saw ‘doing well’ as a child to mean. Over 150 parents, from the same communities, indicated their own aspirations for their children as they too described what they saw as marking those children who were ‘doing well’. The findings suggest some key characteristics defining children’s well-being in contemporary Uganda, which should shape national approaches to child protection. The consultation also revealed important differences in the perspectives of children and parents, and in expectations of boys and girls, that inform work in promoting children’s well-being across the nation.



pdf.png NATIONAL CHILD-FOCUSED POLICY RESEARCH AGENDA 2016-2020 HOT

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pdf.png A DESK BASED ANALYSIS OF THE OVCS AND THE CHILD JUSTICE SYSTEM IN UGANDA HOT

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pdf.png UGANDAN HOUSEHOLDS - A STUDY OF PARENTING PRACTICES IN UGANDA HOT

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pdf.png REPORT ON COMMUNITY BASED CHILD PROTECTION MECHANISMS IN FISHING COMMUNITIES IN UGANDA

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pdf.png AfriChild_Newsletter NEW

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The latest version of the AfriChild Centre's Newsletter!!! Click the link to download and read about some of the activities the Centre has been taking part in.



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