Kenya Alliance for Advancement of Children (KAACR) is national umbrella body for NGO’s cooperation and exchange of information on children rights in Kenya with a membership of over 189 children agencies in Kenya. KAACR, which was founded on the basis of the UNCRC, is a registered national umbrella NGO under the National Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) Coordination Act of 1990 in 1995. KAACR is an NGO with Special Consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations and Equivalency Determination Certification.
KAACR envisions a society that protects all the rights of children and youth to survive, develop and participate in all matters concerning them. KAACR’s mission is to advocate for and promote the realization of rights and responsibilities of children and youth in Kenya.
KAACR’s core values are: - Team work and sense of belonging, Transparency and accountability, Respect for all, Protection of all children and youth, All children are equal partners regardless of their status & Upholding effective communication
Over the years, KAACR has experienced tremendous growth that has seen her implement various projects geared towards promoting the rights and welfare of children in Kenya. Established in 1996, KAACR has implemented two strategic plans 2001 – 2010 and 2011 -2015 and we currently commenced on a 5-year strategic plan 2016 -2020 whose strategic objectives are: - various KAACR’s programmatic goals as contained in 5-year Strategic Plan (2011 – 2015) are as follows: -
i. Monitoring domestication of national, regional and international child rights instruments,
ii. Strengthening networking and building partnerships for increased visibility of children rights
iii. Child and Youth empowerment
iv. Research and documentation
Since its inception, KAACR has taken a lead role among the NGO Community in advocating for and promoting the realization of the rights of children in Kenya.
KAACR pioneered the child participation movement in Kenya through establishment of Child Rights Clubs in schools and children institutions. The first clubs were established in 1992 in the then Kisumu Municipality as a pilot project and spread to Nairobi Province in 1995. To make the clubs to be felt throughout the country, KAACR published a Facilitators Manual for establishing Child Rights Clubs and also inducted a number of organizations on how to start and run the clubs as away of addressing violence against children.
We are also supported child led movement on creating child friendly environment in public primary and secondary schools and advocacy against corporal punishment in Coast and Western Provinces. In 2004, we led participation of Lesson for Life activities of Global Movement for Children (GMC) in Kenya.
KAACR played a lead role in compilation of Kenya’s initial report on the implementation of the CRC with the support of UNICEF Kenya Country Office. The 1st, 2nd and combined 3rd, 4th and 5th state party reports and the NGO supplementary reports were submitted to the UNCRC Child Rights Committee in Geneva, Switzerland and the NGO report on Kenya’s report to the African Committee of Experts on the ACRWC.
KAACR supports children-led movements on adolescent health rights, advocacy against negative practices such as early marriage, teenage pregnancies, female genital mutilation (FGM), drug abuse, child participation, Advocating against Child Labour, Alternative to Corporal punishment, Child Protection, Child Rights Governance and awareness in five counties, establishment of County Child Rights Networks across the country and sensitization on children rights beyond the borders in collaboration with children agencies in Musoma, Tanzania, Jinja, Kampala and Masaka in Uganda and in Zanzibar.
KAACR is currently undertaking a two year project on ending violence in and around schools being part of the Learning Convening on Reducing Violence against Children along other actors in East Africa.
KAACR highest decision-making body is the Annual General Assembly, which elects an Executive Board to oversee day-to-day operations of the organization. The Executive Director oversees the running of the secretariat that has 15 staff members of which three women and three men are in senior management. The Annual General Assembly and the Board give policy direction while the secretariat implements policy decision and programmers. KAACR has a management team consisting of the Executive Director, Programme Manager, Finance Manager and program Coordinators, which formulate the Programmatic direction of the organization for discussion and adoption by the Executive Board.