Why We Exist

We were established in 2012 to provide a Pan African regional child rights network for SADC countries.

What We Do

We are responsible for improving SADC regional governance to protect and promote the rights of children.

Strategic Plan

What are the outcomes and key results for the CRNSA Strategic Plan for 2015-2019?


We are tasked with developing binding policy and driving implementation for the SADC Child Rights Protocol, to realise and fulfil children’s rights in all 15 member countries.


CRNSA aims at collecting, collating and disseminating the scattered data about children’s rights, to inform, unify and facilitate interventions across the SADC region.


CRNSA is building formal structures to provide leadership and governance for child rights institutions and organisations as well as to support their capacity, credibility and legitimacy.


We aim at addressing the lack of knowledge on the ground and bridge the gaps between legislation and community awareness which is impeding protection and respect for children’s rights.


Millions of children in Africa are missing out on their right to protection, education and adequate care during childhood.

Child rights advocacy has been weak at both country and regional level across the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). There are inconsistencies in international and regional reporting to treaty bodies like the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Committee and the African Charter on the Rights and the Welfare of the Child Committee of Experts.

The domestication of ratified treaties on child rights issues has been poor in most Southern African countries. Child rights are therefore inadequately provided for in the law, resource allocation and policy making.

Weak advocacy for children’s rights at country level affects regional efforts. CRNSA has therefore been mandated by the Pan African Parliament to spearhead all child rights advocacy in the SADC region.

Our newest member

The ZNCWC, which was founded in 1968, is Zimbabwe’s umbrella body that coordinates the child rights sector. Its major thrust is lobbying and advocacy, capacity building, quality assurance, child participation, research and resource mobilization for effective programme execution.


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