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What can be done to ensure sustainable NGO interventions in child protection efforts in Africa?

Hi there! Well, it’s been noted that NGOs in Africa mostly rely on international policy guidelines and donors’ funding for their work. Little attention is given to indigenous knowledge on childhood, and its inclusion in child-focused interventions.

Here, NGOs are often influenced by the Western narrative of children’s rights and the illegality of children’s work. For them, it is very important to understand that in traditional African societies, children get to know the ways of their community through family traditions. They work alongside adults on daily routines.

Recently, a study reveals that child-focused NGOs working in these settings should meaningfully merge local knowledge on childhood in their intervention programmes. This may ensure long term local ownership and sustainability of the intervention by rural stakeholders.

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