What We Do
Discover how UNICEF builds a better future for every child in West and Central Africa.
Africa will experience a sharp rise in its child and youth populations over the next few decades – a demographic transition that offers a huge opportunity for growth and poverty reduction.
Africa’s prosperity will depend on whether children – particularly the most disadvantaged children – are prioritised in policy decisions being taken today. The policy and investment choices being made now will impact the well-being of Africa’s children and shape the continent’s future.
Children now account for almost half of all Africa’s population, and by 2055 Africa will be home to one billion children.
By the end of the century, it is projected that Africa will be home to nearly half of the world's children.
In West and Central Africa, UNICEF works with partners across the region to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, a set of global goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.
We act at crucial moments in a child’ life, starting where a child’s lifecycle begins, in pregnancy all the way to adulthood.
Eight Key Results
These results will be achieved through convergence – rather than a focus on traditional sector strategies – so there are multiple opportunities to reach children.
This approach focusses on key stages during a child’s life: the early years in the community, the school years and adolescence. For example, a child could receive a birth certificate at birth, when she comes in for immunization or other treatment, or when he registers for first grade at school.
Early Years in the Community
Help to deliver immunization, prevention of stunting, birth registration in children under five, and campaigns against open defecation and for handwashing
Facilitate access to quality primary education and completion of secondary education, especially for girls. It provides opportunities to roll out campaigns against early marriage, deliver water and sanitation, and promote birth registration, adolescent health, and protection against violence and abuse.
Offers an opportunity to reach children with integrated campaigns against female genital mutilation/cutting, child marriage, protection from violence and exploitation, including in humanitarian contexts, with emphasis on out-of-school adolescents, particularly girls.