An East African region where children enjoy their rights to survival, development, protection and participation


To enhance the capacities of national coalitions and promote evidence-based advocacy on child rights within the East African region


To improve child rights governance in Eastern Africa through strengthened national child right coalitions that effectively promote child rights to ensure appropriate child survival, development, protection and child participation in decisions that affect them.


The Eastern Africa Child Rights Network of Civil Society Organizations (EACRN) was established in March, 2014 to coordinate efforts by civil society organizations in Eastern Africa in advocating for children rights. The network’s mandate is to implement programmes that are focused on the realization of Children rights as contained in the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC) and the United Nations Convention on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (UNCRC). 


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Development of management documents

As the network is still in its nascent stages, priority has been given to strengthening the network’s management and operational structure so it can deliver on its mandate


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National Coalitions Capacity assessment

The network is currently undertaking a rapid assessment of the status of national child rights coalitions in the region to determine the status, nature and capacities of national child rights coalitions.


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Expanding the network membership

In countries where national coalitions are non-existent, the network is working on setting up functional coalitions.


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The most important level of implementation in ECD is to have the lowest level of administration financed, so that the funds trickle to families. If the resources aren't reaching local governments, & by extension families, there is no ECD 📚🧑🏾‍🎓👨🏾‍🎓. ~Graça M.

@EACRN @ACERWC_CSOForum @NetworkingUcrnn @EACHRights @MTotoNews @G_MachelTrust @Umwanakuisonga ECD should be prioritized and budgeted for by our governments. Leaving this function to County Governments like in Kenya is like abandoning our children at their most needy moment.

''As citizens/CSOs, we need to understand Early Child Development (ECD) and ask ourselves whether we realize it in: structured institutions;🏣 at home (the family unit) 👨‍👩‍👦‍👦🏡or in informal set-ups 🛖. '' - Graça Machel @G_MachelTrust

''It is not difficult to come up with policies on Early Childhood Development (ECD). The question we must ask ourselves is, ''How do we move the policy to the implementation phase?'' That's where the DIFFICULTY lies.'' - Graça Machel

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P.O. Box 19494-00100, Nairobi, Kenya

+254 701 670090

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African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC)

The African Commision on Peoples and Human Rights
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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