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The issue of child vulnerability is a concern of many postcolonial African governments. The deplorable conditions under which orphans and other vulnerable children live compounds general family poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa. Governments and international bodies have passed laws to improve the situation of children. However, this paper will demonstrate, the status of children in Sub-Saharan Africa has continued to deteriorate, thus putting into question the effectiveness of these legislations. With a focus on Kenya, this study explores the possibility of a bottom-up integrated approach that is culturally sensitive in tackling the challenges facing children in Kenya.


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  • Alternative title
    • The Role of African Culture in the Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

  • Journal title
    • International Social Science Review

  • Volume
    • 94

  • Issue
    • 3

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022

  • Keywords
  • Additional information
    • Acknowledgements:

      David Ngira Otieno teaches Human Rights & Development, and Legal Theory at Mt. Kenya University. An earlier version of this paper appeared on the SSRN.