Thursday, 29 June 2017 08:48

PRESS RELEASE: ACPF awarded the 2017 Impact Award of the ISCI for outstanding contribution to the wellbeing of children

MONTREAL, 28 June 2017 - Following the decision of the award committee of the International Society for Child Indicators (ISCI), the 2017 ISCI Impact Award was given to the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) today at a special ceremony held at the 6th International Conference of ISCI in Montreal, Canada. The event was held in the presence of members of ISCI and several other senior scholars and renowned researchers from across the world attending the Conference.

The ISCI Impact Award is a prestigious award granted for outstanding contribution of individuals and organisations in improving the lives and wellbeing of children through innovative ways of using child-related indicators. It is meant to highlight the use of indicators in ways that have a direct impact on the wellbeing of children and encourage researchers to focus on initiatives with potential impact on transforming the living condition of children for the better.

Prof Asher Ben-Arieh, co-Chair of ISCI said at the occasion that, “the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) has demonstrated through its evidence-based advocacy initiatives that it is possible to influence governments to enact and enforce laws and policies that protect children through systematic use of child-related indicators”. He added, “That is the whole purpose of the ISCI Impact Award and, through this award, ISCI wants to encourage its members and others working for children to make good use of indicators to bring about change on the wellbeing of children”.

Dr Bill O’Hare, member of the nominating committee said that “We were able to see that the work of ACPF goes beyond Africa and has cross-regional relevance in measuring and monitoring the performance of governments in ensuring child wellbeing. ACPF has developed useful tools that other child-focused organisations can learn from and adapt to their context”.

In his acceptance speech, Mr Yehualashet Mekonen, Head of the African Child Observatory Programme at ACPF said that “It is indeed an honour to be recognised by ISCI, a global think tank and an assemblage of authoritative scholars on research related to child indicators”. “It is a testimony to the fact that we are on the right track in using the right indicators in our evidence-based advocacy work and that we should vigorously continue our journey, together with others, towards creating an Africa that is child-friendly and accountable to its children, our main mission”, he added.

Mr Theophane Nikyema, Executive Director of the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) said, “The Award will be a source of inspiration for us and our partners who are working with us in promoting accountability to children. It also in a way raises the bar and expectation from us and we commit ourselves to live up to the expectation and continue to deliver on our mission to ensure effectiveness and impact.”

More about the ISCI Award

The International Society for Child Indicators (ISCI) began presenting the ISCI Impact Award in 2017 to highlight and encourage the use of child well-being indicators in ways that are likely to have a direct impact on the well-being of children. The award is meant to highlight the fact that many members of the ISCI community focus as much on impact as on scholarship and that applied child indicator work is highly valued within ISCI. It is open to individuals or organizations with initiatives that uses child well-being indicators to advance children’s lives. The Award includes, but not limited to, innovative projects focusing on increasing public awareness, monitoring child conditions, informing policy and programmess and advocacy.

ABOUT: The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF)

The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) is an independent, not-for-profit, pan-African centre of policy research and advocacy on the African child. It was established in 2003 out of concern about the situation of the African child, and the need for us – Africans – to recognise our collective responsibility to ensure the realisation of all rights for all children. The main focus of the organization is the promotion of State Accountability. The major pillars of our work are: knowledge-building; policy advocacy; policy dialogue; and the creation of a stronger collective voice for children in Africa. Learn more at:

Contact details for further enquiries:

Mr Yehualashet Mekonen, Head, The African Child Observatory Programme, The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF)
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Tel: + 251 911 14 38 26

Ms Iman Ahmed, Project Officer, The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF),
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Tel: +251 116 62 81 96/99

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