Bridging the Policy-Practice Gap on Children and Youth Violence in Africa

03 October, 2018

Dr. Yumiko Yokozeki, Director of UNESCO-IICBA, and UNESCO-IICBA interns Annika Weigele, Raquel Araya and Carolina Goyzueta attended a workshop on ‘Children and Youth Facing Violence in Africa: What do we know? What can we do?’ that took place on 18-19 September 2018 in Addis Ababa. The workshop was hosted jointly by the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Young Lives, the Ethiopian Development Research Institute’s Ethiopian Centre for Child Research, the Gender and Adolescence Global Evidence program, Oak Foundation and University College London. The goal of the workshop was to bring together policy actors, practitioners and researchers to bridge the disconnect between policy and practice as well as to provide a platform to share implications of research evidence for both policy and practice.

Several researchers and program implementers presented findings and shared experiences from their work in 12 different countries: Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Togo, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia. The moving and insightful evidence on different forms of violence that African children face inside and outside of schools led to many fruitful discussions on policy and practice at local, regional, national and continent-wide scales to tackle violence against children.