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Addis Ababa Advocacy Office

Addis Ababa office save the children

Addis Ababa is home to the African Union (AU), and other regional bodies that have a major role in shaping African children's lives and helping to ensure that their rights are fulfilled. Save the Children's ability to engage and influence the African Union (AU) is central to our aim of creating positive change for the world's poorest and most vulnerable children. Our AU Liaison Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, engages the African Union Commission, member states and other pan-African institutions on social and economic issues that affect children – working together with Save the Children national offices in over 25 African countries.

We work with other civil society organisations to influence AU policies and protocols, and keep our issues high on the agenda. The AU has a growing role in addressing humanitarian crises in the region, and we work to ensure that children's needs and rights are safeguarded in any humanitarian response. Our Addis office also collaborates closely with the African Committee on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, and supports work to train activists - including children - on how to use AU instruments to uphold the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.