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ACPF: African Child Observatory
The African Child Observatory has a virtual information-sharing and networking platform called the African Child Information Hub ( ) intended to strengthen the information base on the state and welfare of children in Africa. By so doing, helps identify existing gaps in knowledge and information, and encourages networking among child rights organisations in the region. The Observatory provides information on a wide range of subjects such as national laws and policies, good practices and research undertakings as well as producing major reports on progress and trends in the wellbeing of children in Africa and what is being done by governments to meet their national and international obligations providing international and comparative information.

Children's Institute, University of Cape Town
The Children's Institute aims to harness the collective academic capability in the University to promote enquiry into the situation of children, to share this capacity through teaching and training programmes, and to present evidence to guide the development of laws, policies and interventions for children. In addition, in positioning itself as an independent broker of evidence, the Institute is also able to provide evidence to those who are advocating on behalf of children.The work of the Children's Institute is aimed at promoting the principle of taking the best interest of the child into account, and at ensuring that children are given primary consideration by society. In particular, the Institute pays special attention to promoting child participation in its work, and advocates for their voices to be heard, and their opinions to be taken seriously.

The Egypt National Child Rights Observatory (ENCRO - Egypt)
The ENCRO's website functions as a knowledge portal that manages and disseminates statistics and research-based information on the economic and social situation of Egyptian children. It is a one stop shop to help promote child-friendly policies.The Observatory also offers a platform for innovative thinking and exchange of experiences through organizing a series of bi-annual conferences titled “Child Rights, Social Justice and Equity". Both the ENCRO and its inaugural bi-annual conference "Child Poverty and Disparities: Public Policies for Social Justice" are the result of the partnership between the Egyptian Cabinet Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC), the National Council of Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM) and the United Nations Children’s Fund in Egypt (UNICEF),

The National Observatory for Child Rights (ONDE - Morocco) (French and Arabic)
 "Analyses and evaluates the situation of the child in terms of protection and actions carried out in the domains related to its prosperity, as well as to inform, enlighten and advise the various authorities concerned with the protection of children and the promotion of their rights both at the national and regional levels, to carry out demonstrative actions for the child in terms of health, education, hobbies, culture, law… and coordinate the intersector-based initiatives carried out by the national and international partners in favour of the protection of the child and the promotion of his rights."

The Observatory for Information, Training, Documentation and Studies on Protection of Children's Rights (ODE - Tunisia) (English - French- Arabic)
The Tunisian observatory was established February 14, 2002 in order to consolidate the protection mechanisms provided for children in Tunisia. It is a specialized structure which aims to effectively follow up children’s situation and conditions in all fields, to develop policies adopted in the field of children’s rights promotion, and to ensure a balanced education for young generations. It uses a participatory approach so that many partners like ministries, UN agencies—especially UNICEF—, media associations, are participating in the development of strategies such as the diffusion of the culture of child’s rights and protection of children from violence.

Tags: ["Child Rights Observatories", "Africa"]
Published June 5, 2009 3:30 PM - Last modified Apr. 17, 2013 4:05 PM