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The AUC Community of Practice / Knowledge Portal On Ending Child Marriage

Scaling up continental efforts for the AU Campaign to End Child Marriage requires that we have systems for capturing learning and transferring that learning across multiple member states or in-country sectors.  Incorporating knowledge management principles and approaches in child protection work enhances its impact by more efficiently and effectively collecting and sharing knowledge about what changes and practices result in improved child protection practices and service delivery against Child Marriage. It’s against this background that the AUC formulated the Ending Child Marriage Campaign Community of Practice/ Knowledge Portal and formal frameworks including the child participation guidelines and platform, the knowledge management strategy, the advocacy and communications strategy and the child safeguarding strategies.

Mission of the AUC Community of Practice / knowledge Portal  

Empowering African Union member states and partners to collectively end child marriage and eliminate harmful practices through a dynamic and interactive knowledge management portal, fostering collaboration, sharing best practices, and providing technical assistance.

Key to the success of these continental consultative meetings was the presence and engagement of girls, boys and women in shaping discussions about them, voicing their perspectives, aspirations and expectations from the leaders and stakeholders in attendance, and committing to end harmful traditional practices.

Mission of the AUC Community of Practice / knowledge Portal

Empowering African Union member states and partners to collectively end child marriage and eliminate harmful practices through a dynamic and interactive knowledge management portal, fostering collaboration, sharing best practices, and providing technical assistance.

Vision

Through Knowledge Availability to foster a continent free from child marriage and harmful practices, driven by a united community of practice that accelerates the implementation of the African Union’s campaign to safeguard girls against child marriage.

Key Objectives

Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration
Create an engaging and interactive platform that facilitates the exchange of experiences, practices, and evidence-based knowledge among member states, partners, and stakeholders. By pooling resources and sharing insights, the community aims to foster a culture of collaboration that strengthens multi-sector coordination and propels the campaign to end child marriage
Capacity Building and Technical Assistance
Provide a platform for country-specific technical assistance, offering capacity-building resources and guidance tailored to the needs of the 30-member states. This objective seeks to equip nations with the tools and knowledge required to effectively implement and monitor the campaign against child marriage
Action Plan Follow-up and Advocacy Support
Establish an avenue for consistent follow-up on country action plans, ensuring that implementation remains on track and aligns with the campaign’s objectives. The community of practice will also facilitate national and continental advocacy events, amplifying efforts to end child marriage and garner support from a diverse range of stakeholders.
Youth Leadership and Empowerment
Develop an inclusive platform that empowers young people to lead and champion initiatives aimed at ending child marriage. By offering a space for young voices to be heard, the community seeks to drive change from within and inspire innovative solutions to combat harmful practices.
Professional Development and Research Sharing
Serve as a hub for sharing professional development opportunities, relevant research findings, and reports. By disseminating up-to-date information, the community aims to enhance the expertise of its members and promote evidence-based decision-making in the campaign against child marriage

Professional Development and Research Sharing

Serve as a hub for sharing professional development opportunities, relevant research findings, and reports. By disseminating up-to-date information, the community aims to enhance the expertise of its members and promote evidence-based decision-making in the campaign against child marriage

Current Achievements

AUC Webinar on the role of Media in Ending Harmful Practices: On 5th July 2023, the AUC Ending Harmful Practices Unit through the Community of Practice on the Campaign to End Child Marriage conducted a webinar on the role of media in Ending Harmful Practices. The webinar allowed frontline reporters to share their experiences and best practices in using their voices to highlight child marriage and FGM where they occur and hold all parties accountable. The webinar was a strong preamble to the 2nd Media training on reporting sensitively on harmful practices for West, Central and Northern African countries- which was held in Addis Ababa from 1-3 August 2023.
AUC launches a child participation platform: On Saturday, 3rd June 2023, the AUC launched its Child Participation Platform, an interactive space designed to empower children and young people, enabling them to share their experiences, practices, and knowledge. By harnessing evidence from programs, this platform seeks to accelerate efforts to put an end to child marriage and FGM, two harmful practices that adversely affect children’s lives. With the highest rates of child marriage and FGM prevalent across the African continent, this webinar will bring together over 150 child participants from 11 member states countries.
The AUC Campaign to End Child Marriage guidance strategies on Knowledge Management and Advocacy  
In 2023, with support from the Spotlight Initiative, the AUC compiled draft guidance documents on Advocacy and Knowledge management which are geared at providing evidenced approaches that member states can effectively adapt and contextualize for their effective implementation of the Campaign to End Child Marriage
The AU Campaign to End Child Marriage Community of Practice Launch: On the 19th of April 2022, the AUC launched the Community of Practice to for the Campaign to End Child Marriage. The event which attracted over 150 online stakeholders engaged participants in an interactive discussion that expounded on the CoP’s core role in facilitating knowledge exchange, data, innovation and evidence, best practices and lessons learned sharing on Ending Child Marriage across the continent. Speakers included UNICEF, UNFPA, USAID high level officials and representatives of religious and traditional institutions. The CoP launch laid the foundation for the launch of the Child Participation platform and a series of webinars that engaged key stakeholders including media practitioners.

Key Documents

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