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The Child-Friendliness Index

The Child-Friendliness Index (CFI)  is a tool to capture the extent to which a government is making the maximum effort to meet its international and continental commitments to children’s rights and wellbeing. It takes into account the adoption of laws and policies for the protection of children;government spending for the provision of children’s basic needs and achievements of child-related outcomes; and willingness to allow children’s participation.

In short: a child-friendly government is defined as one which is making the maximum effort to meet its obligations to respect, protect and fulfil children’s rights and ensure their wellbeing.  (See "The African Report on Child Wellbeing 2018: Progress in child-friendliness of African governments),


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This Data Portal is an initiative of the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF), a pan-African institution of policy research and advocacy on children intended to foster dissemination and utilisation of data on children in Africa in the formulation and implementation of laws, policies and programmes pertaining to children. It aims to provide credible, up-to-date, and complete data on issues related to children’s rights and wellbeing for all countries of Africa.

The primary audiences of the Data Portal are governments, regional bodies such as the African Union, treaty bodies, civil society organisations, academia and other national and regional organizations working for children.

This Portal contains data and information on a number of child-related indicators across a range of thematic topics including: