Save the Children Sweden’s work in Southern Africa
Save the Children Sweden began working in Southern Africa in 1995. The regional office is located in Pretoria, South Africa. We work with partner organizations in several countries in Southern Africa including Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland and Zambia. We have a country office in Zambia.
Save the Children Sweden in Southern Africa works with more than thirty partners across the region. Most of them are local non-governmental organisations (NGOs), including national coalitions of NGOs, academic institutions and the media to promote and monitor the realization of children’s rights.
Our work in Southern Africa focuses on creating an enabling environment for children to enjoy their rights by encouraging the elimination of violence and abuse of children, poverty reduction, promotion of non-discriminatory practice and child participation. To prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS and mitigate against its impact on the lives of the children, we are supporting initiatives to enhance children’s knowledge on their sexual and reproductive health rights and promoting dialogue among boys and girls on HIV and AIDS, masculinity, sexuality and gender equality. Support to litigation and advocacy towards free and inclusive basic education for all children is also an important part of our work.
Save the Children Sweden collaborates with organisations and networks that work for children’s rights by developing their organizational capacity, knowledge skills, systems and practice. The aim is to build a strong and sustainable civil society that plays an effective role in advocacy and monitoring of children’s rights. We also encourage initiatives on good governance which promote child-friendly laws according to the UN Convention on the Rights of the child.