||South Africa presents both unique opportunities and challenges for UNICEF. Classified as an upper middle-income country, the country’s policies and legislative framework are globally admired.
With a track record of over two decades in the country, South African Country Office (SACO) continues to work towards supporting social transformation in a society still scarred by its violent past.
Against the background of municipal elections and low economic growth in 2016, the Government of South Africa presented its progress report to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) Committee which highlighted progress, including in Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission (EMTCT) and Early Childhood Development (ECD), as well as persistent challenges facing children, including violence, HIV and poor quality education.
In 2016, UNICEF continued its work with partners to accelerate progress and address bottlenecks in these areas to improve results for children in South Africa in line with three core priorities of UNICEF in South Africa, namely early childhood development, ending violence against children and supporting results for adolescents.