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The Children Agenda Forum  (CAF) was established in May 2015, as an open platform for child focused organizations engagement in the Post 2015 development agenda. This was as a result of the need for a coordinated voice advocating for the inclusion of children matters in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) discourse in Kenya with a clear linkage to the international arena.

With the adoption of SDGs,  CAF is now engaged in the implementation of SDGs through the National Mechanism such as the National Plan of Action for Children in Kenya, Kenya Vision 2030, and other sectoral programs and plans at the National and county levels.

Our current engagement is through research, advocacy and capacity building.

  1. 1.    To facilitate child focused research to inform public policy and programming

    2.    To undertake advocacy in the best interest of children

    3.    To strengthen capacities of child focused organizations/institutions in advancing

    In an effort to see our vision of a nation where all children achieve their full potential.  The Children Agenda Forum hope to see the following outcomes in year 2016/2017.

    Objective One: To facilitate child focused research to inform public policy and programming

    OUTCOME 1.1: Improved reporting among child focused CSOs and with the government agencies at national and county level

    Reporting by both government and the children sector has been cited as a major challenge in implementing and monitoring children programs in Kenya. The Forums intends to bridge this gap through a number of interventions.

    An Interactive web based platform where forum members can post and access information about children. The GSM enabled platform will map every service provider per county and child services provided. In addition the map will be able to provide real time data on the number of children reached per age, gender and ability. Users will be able to compute data on the quality and quantity of the social workforce. Click here to see the prototype.

    In partnership with the department of children services and the National Council for Children Services. The forum will hold joint planning meeting for the children sector, this will ensure that important children interventions are prioritized by both government and the child focused CSOs.

    The Forum will work at the county level to strengthen reporting of children interventions which will be reported during quarterly meetings at county and National level. To do this the forum in collaboration with government will develop a standardized reporting tool which will be used by child sector stakeholder. All stakeholders working in the children sector will submit the filled reporting tool to the county children officer. The reports will be compiled per county and submitted and or presented by the children county coordinators at the quarterly meetings. We believe this will improve coordination and accountability from the county level through to the National level.


    Outcome 1. 2: Enhanced access to and utilization of data for decision making and knowledge management

    The children sector lags behind in the utilization of data in decision making all over the world. In Kenya most service providers don’t use evidence to inform their programing. Hence in order to improve use of data the forum has proposed a number of activities.

    Development of standard indicators for children in Kenya, the indicators will be in line with sustainable development goals, the Vision 2030 and National plan of action and synced the Child Information Management System.

    In January, 2016 the SDGs came into effect, whereas the goals are globally accepted we still don’t know the current status of SDGs and children in Kenya. Hence the Forum plans to have a nationwide baseline survey on SDGs that are context and children specific. The forum will have a 3 days’ workshop to draft the Terms of Reference and a costed research protocol for the Baseline. The forum hopes the results from the baseline will form the basis on which SDG interventions in Kenya will be implemented.

    In order to improve evidence based child programing the forum has partnered with Africa Population for Health Research Center (APHRC) to develop a research agenda framework. The research framework will be used to identify and fill research gaps. The forum will continue to build the capacity of its members on evidence based programing through class room training and practice as part of the research agenda.

    Objective Two: To undertake advocacy in the best interest of children

    Outcome 2.1. Increased resource allocation in the National budget for the children sector.

    The budgetary allocation for children has over the year been reduced, the financing for development conference recommended that for SDGs to be truly sustainable governments have commit to increase allocation to the achievement of this goals. The forum believes the government both county and national are able to finance children services effectively by prioritizing children. Hence the forum has planned to engage both county and national government to increase allocation for children services, this will be done by building the capacity of CSOs on the National budgeting process to engage county governments from the planning stage of the budget cycle. The forum will hold workshops to analyze different budgeting documents such as sector reports, Budget policy statement, county fiscal reports and budget estimates to give inputs and recommendations on budgeting for children. The forum will also analyze the final budget and interpret it to a child friendly version and disseminate it to children

    The forum will also support special session on budgeting for children at the national and county government. The session will give children an opportunity to give their views on the budgeting process.

    Outcome 2.2. A national framework for children covering all sectors in place

    Kenya does not have an integrated children policy, the forum through its members will support the government in the development of a children policy that will guide laws to do with children. The process will include development of a CSO report, children consultation, county/regional consultation and special group’s consultation.

    Outcome 2.3. A progressive children law in place

    The development of a new children’s law are at an early stage, the forum will support the government in ensuring that the law making is a consultative as possible and a new law is in place by the end of 2016.

    Outcome 2.4. Increase in child sensitive decision making

    Children constitute over 50% of the Kenyan population hence the need for consideration of children in every development and governance decision making. The forum will work to influence decision in best interest of children at all decision making concerning them. The forum will do this by developing position papers, memorandums and lobbying to decision making. The forum estimates at least one position paper and memo per month and a lobby meeting per quarter.

    Objective Three: To strengthen capacities of child focused organizations/institutions in advancing

    Outcome 3.1: increased meaningful child participation in decision making from ward level to national level

    Child participation is still a challenge in Kenya, hence the forum will embark to build the capacity of children actors on child participation, and this will be through trainings and workshops. The forum through its members will lobby for the review of the public participation policy to include children. The forum will also translate the participation guidelines to user and especially child friendly version.


    In partnership with the government, the forum will hold an annual children summit, where the annual state of the Kenya child will be disseminated. The conference will be a platform of improving children visibility at the National and county level.



In 2015, in addition to starting this forum we were able to achieve the following

  • Technical contribution to Government led processes on the Post 2015 agenda
  • Engagement in the consultative processes, both in country and Internationally
  • Popular Mobilization of the citizenry 
  • Writing of a position paper on Sustainable Development Goals and National Plan of Action for children.
  • Build the capacity of over 50 CSOs in public financing and government budgetary process.
  • Organize monthly coordination meeting with CSOs
  • Organize quarterly intersectoral meeting with government.
  • Developed a strategy for CSOs to engage with the government in the children’s act review process


In the first quarter  of 2016, we were able to have the children's voice heard in the following ways

The National Budget Statement (see resources section) and County Fiscal Papers
We were able to petition the government at the national government to priorities budgeting for children. due to our joint effort the government has allocated money to the completion of the child labor policy, thus those of us in child labor should start a process to ensure the policy is reviewed and passed.

A number of counties including Nyamira, Nairobi, Machakos, Kilifi and Uasin Gichu have increased the budget allocation for children as a result of engagement by members of the forum with county governments.

Children's Act

The government has fast tracked the development of the children's act, it has been a pleasure seeing your commitment in this process. The forum has been working closely with NCCS to ensure that the process is as participatory as possible both CSOs and Children.

CAF through its members have committed to support a number of activities in the road map. The activities include child participation, street children and refugee participation; CSO consultation workshops and some regional consulations
We appreciate those who took time from their busy schedules to attend the brain storming and idea meetings and we look forward engaging with you in the coming weeks as we complete the process. We want to say thank you to those organization that have offered financial  ( TDH-F, EGPAF, Plan and world vision)and technical support to facilitate this process. Mko sawa sana

The CRC submission to the general comments on the state of the street children

Child focused CSOs working with street children have been meeting over the last 6 weeks to develop the Kenya recommendations on the general submission on the state of the street children. They have a draft and will be submitting the recommendations on 5th of April,2016.

The Global campaign on #leavenoonebehind

The  forum was involved in mobilizing its members to participate in global campaign aimed to influence that all children are counted in UN SDG indicators framework. This include most vulnerable children – those without parental care or at risk of being so; in institutions or on the street; trafficked;separated from their families as a result of conflict, disaster or disability; or recruited into armed groups who have largely fallen off the UN’s statistical map. Thank you to all those who took time to sign the petition and send their logos. Ero kamano  see petition attached and the proposed indicators





  1. African Institute for Child Studies
  2. ANPPCAN (Regional and Kenya)
  3. CEFA,
  4. CESVI,
  5. Children Environment and development
  6. Child Fund Kenya
  7. East African Center for Human  Rights
  8. Feed the children
  9. Measure Evaluation Pima
  10. Nisela,
  11. Plan International Kenya
  12. Save the children Kenya
  13. Terre des homes Netherlands
  14. URC
  15. Volunteer Service Overseas
  16. Handicap International
  17. World Vision Kenya
  18. The CRADLE
  19. Vision Africa
  20. SOS children Village
  21. CISP
  22. Pendekezo letu



 African Institute for Child Studies (AICS)


The following terms of reference outline the Purpose of the Core Team of this forum:-

  • Provide overall strategic direction to the SDG’s children agenda forum, the secretariat, including guidance on the forum’s strategic objectives and work plan;
  • Raise awareness of the forum country-wide, mobilize stakeholders and their commitments, and conduct advocacy and outreach at events and meetings on behalf of the forum; and
  • Encourage collaboration between SDG’s children agenda forum and other relevant forums


The Core Team will have contributed to the following results:

  • A significant number of stakeholders (public, government , private, and civil society actors) mobilized in support of the SDG’s
  • Concrete actions, commitments, financing and investment catalyzed at national and county level to the SDG’s
  • Effectiveness, sustainability and impacts of the forum enhanced.


  • The Core Team will be Co-Chaired by world vision and child fund.
  • There will be approximately 10 members of the Core Team.  The Core Team will strive to have geographical and stakeholder balance of its membership.
  • The Core Team will strive for an appropriate mix of expertise to address the three objectives of the forum (coordination, efficiency and partnerships) in a balanced manner. 
  • Members of the Core Team will act in an honorary capacity.

Member Responsibilities

  • The Co-Chairs of the Core Team will be responsible for convening Core Team meetings, setting agendas, and summarizing deliberations of the meetings. The Secretariat with support from will provide necessary operational and logistical support for organization of the Core Team meetings.
  • All members will carry out the functions described in the purpose section above. Core Team members will form subcommittees as appropriate.
  • Core Team members are expected to attend all meetings (approx. once a month) in person or virtually to ensure consistency. In the case of an exception, an alternate can be sent in place of a Core Team member, but only when first approved by the Co-Chairs.
  • When feedback and input is required in between meetings, members of the Core Team will be expected to provide input either via email or telephone.

Appointment and Term of Members

  • Members will be appointed by the forum members, thematic groups.
  • Members will serve on the Core Team for a period of 18 months.
  • In the case of a vacancy, the Secretariat, in consultation with the co chairs, will appoint an appropriate organization to the Core Team. The vacancies will be filled keeping in mind the need for geographical representation and stakeholder diversity.




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