What we do

Discover how UNICEF builds a better future for every child in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Mother and child
With smart investments and targeted actions, every child can have a fair chance in life.

Africa’s fast-growing child population presents a significant opportunity. The continent’s child demographics are changing rapidly: by 2050, Africa will account for 42 per cent of all global births.  

Africa has a chance for greater prosperity, higher per capita growth and a reduction in poverty, if policies and investments are tailored towards its growing child population. Investment for children – in health, education and protection systems – is the highest of priorities for the continent to harvest the full potential of these demographic changes.

In Eastern and Southern Africa, where children under 18 make up almost half of the total population, UNICEF works with partners, communities and the private sector to ensure that children are at the heart of our actions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.  

We work to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfil their potential, from early childhood through to adolescence.

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See how you can build a better future for every child in Eastern and Southern Africa.