2018 Annual Report
For every child in West and Central Africa
The year 2018 was the first year of UNICEF’s global Strategic Plan, covering 2018-2021. For UNICEF in West and Central Africa, last year also coincided with the rollout out of its new regional strategy to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, focusing on a set of Key Results for Children – the region’s priority results.
In West and Central Africa, UNICEF is determined to go beyond business as usual – working with partners to build on what works and to find new ways of reaching the most disadvantaged children and young people.
Over the next 25 years, the child population in West and Central Africa is expected to double, from 254 million in 2017 to 508 million in 2045 – a demographic transition that presents a great challenge but also a unique opportunity for growth and poverty reduction to the extent that children are prioritized in policy decisions being taken today.