The pandemic has seen an unprecedented rise in cases of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse against children. The number of teenage pregnancies reported across the country has risen sharply in this period.
This year marks eight years since the AfriChild Centre was established by a consortium of institutions ChildFund International – Uganda Office, the Ministry of Gender Labor and Social Development, Makerere University, Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO), Uganda, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Columbia University.
The year in review highlights strong partnerships and new collaborations, new areas of research, building research capacity, and ensuring uptake to influence both policy and practice.
This is AfriChild’s Annual Report detailing key activities, achievements and successes of the Centre for the period 2017-2018.
The Budget Analysis for Child Protection report in Uganda was led by: Prof. Narathius Asingwire from the Department of Social Work and Social Administration at Makerere University. Additional contributors included Mr Joseph Kiwanuka and David Babishahura from the Social Economic Data Center; Timothy Opobo, Clare Ahabwe Bangirana, Clinton Twena Tumanye, Linda Kairaba and Maria Ndibalekera from the team at the AfriChild Centre; Mr Moses Otai, Lydia Jean Akite, Walter Okello from ChildFund International, Uganda Country Office.
The Uganda government recognizes the need to harness the full potential of children as a key strategy for social and economic transformation, leading to the attainment of the vision 2040. We have made strides to create an environment that allows every child to realise their full potential, including inter alia, the National Child Policy (2020) and action plan (2020/2021 -2025/2026) which provide a framework for child well-being.
COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020, having spread to over 110 countries and territories.? Uganda registered her first COVID-19 case in March 2020. This was followed by a series of actions to prevent and control the spread of the virus including country-wide lockdowns. Despite the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, children and youth worldwide have pioneered innovative and often tech-savvy ways of protecting and supporting their peers, families, and communities. Inspired by their resiliency and creativity, the Children as Partners Guide was created for child rights and child protection actors seeking to engage children and youth in meaningful participation and partnership in child protection during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Children as Partners Guide includes quick tips and tools to start engaging with children and youth immediately and more extended tools to foster deeper reflection and action about how humanitarian actors can practically centre children and youth's voices in their work.