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Budgetary Commitment Index

The index is constructed based on government budget expenditures on sectors that mainly benefiting children. The 2008 and 2013 indices used the following indicators:

• Expenditure on health as a percentage of total government expenditure

• Public expenditure on education as a percentage of GDP

• Percentage of the budget for routine EPI vaccines financed by the government

• Military and defence expenditure as a percentage of GDP


In the 2018 version, military expenditure is excluded while Public Social Protection Expenditure as percentage of GDP is included in the Index. Military expenditure is statistically confirmed that the indicator is not measuring the same underlying concept (budgetary commitment of governments) as the other indicators in the sub-dimension. 

 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: