Improving children’s lives: stories from the field


The Government of Djibouti ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1990), its two optional protocols (2011) as well as the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (2009) — all without reservations. The country has thus committed to protect children’s rights and to work towards providing all children with the opportunities to fulfill their rights. Since then, Djibouti has made tremendous progress in advancing children’s and women’s rights.

The UNICEF office in Djibouti was established in July 1981. The organisation has been working continuously with the Government to safeguard and promote the chances for a better future for all children in the country.

As we mark the 70th anniversary of UNICEF’s work worldwide and 35 years presence in Djibouti, this publication, entitled « Improving children’s lives : stories from the field » will reflect on how UNICEF and its partners have changed the lives of children over the past years in the country. What have we achieved? What still remains to be done? How do we fast-track results for children?

Despite the many improvements in realizing children’s rights, disparities still exist and prevent thousands of children from living in dignity, reaching their full potential and making informed choices about their futures.

At UNICEF, we are united in our belief that everybody has an obligation — and the potential — to do more to realize the rights of every single child in the country. This is not only a moral imperative, but an economic necessity as our children, the future leaders of the country, hold the key to well-being and prosperity for future generations.
Please join us on this journey.

For every child,

Djanabou Mahonde, UNICEF Representative in Djibouti

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