Policymakers, experts call for enhanced investment to improve African children’s condition

ADDIS ABABA, Oct. 29– Policymakers and experts have emphasized
the importance of policy commitment and enhanced investment in improving
the comprehensive development of African children.

A three-day international conference on African children concluded in
Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa on Wednesday. The gathering mainly aims to
identify challenges facing African children and recommend ways to help
tackle poverty and inequality in Africa by particularly focusing on
children. According to Agnes Akosua Aidoo, representative of African Child
Policy Forum, African children have witnessed better progress over the past
few decades, in which the investment on youngsters has increased in the
continent. “African governments are nowadays investing relatively more in
sectors benefiting children and are increasingly becoming child-friendly as
compared to the situation ten or so years ago,” she said.

Aidoo suggested that in addition to political commitment, policy reforms in
the tax system, access to credit and improvement in the agricultural
productivity sector are necessary to change the lives of children in
Africa. Ethiopian Minister of Women and Children Affairs Demitu Hambissa
stressed the importance to consider the potential differential impact of
economic growth and poverty reduction policies on adults and children in
order to tackle poverty in a holistic and child-sensitive manner. “This
conference is one of its kinds to put researchers, policy makers and policy
implementers under one roof. This enables us to have the same…
understanding of the status of our child protection systems to tackle the
poverty and inequality of our children,” Hambissa said. – XINHUA