Advocating for Child Protection Nationally, Internationally

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Posted on 2/25/2016
ChildFund Uganda staff

ChildFund Uganda has been actively engaged in global and national advocacy efforts geared toward having the concerns of children reflected in the post-2015 development agenda. ChildFund Uganda identified child protection as a critical omission in initial talks concerning the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and took significant action to ensure that child protection was included in the SDGs.

Nationally, ChildFund Uganda understands the risks that children face every day. In Uganda, many children are unnecessarily separated from their families and placed in institutions. In less than two decades, the numbers of orphanages in Uganda swelled from 35 to more than 500 by 2012, and nearly 57,000 children live in child care institutions, according to USAID. Violence against children and child labor are both pervasive across the country. According to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, 2 million of the country’s 18 million children (11%) are engaged in child labor.

To ensure that the post-2015 development agenda included child protection, ChildFund Uganda conducted advocacy activities with the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and donor governments. Taking advantage of World Bank and IMF engagement with civil society organizations, ChildFund organized a workshop entitled “The Role of Child Protection Investments in the Economic and Social Progress of Developing Countries.” ChildFund Uganda’s Child Protection Manager, Mr. Timothy Opobo, coordinated and moderated the panel.