Dr Joan Nyanyuki, Head, AMC Secretariat

Dr Joan Nyanyuki joins ACPF from Amnesty International where she served as Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and Great Lakes region. Prior to joining Amnesty, Dr Nyanyuki was the Executive Director of Coalition on Violence against Women, an organisation that worked to promote gender justice and equality.  In this role, she led advocacy campaigns and movement-building, supported local community organisations, and persuaded law and policy makers to uphold women’s rights and gender equality.

Dr Nyanyuki was instrumental in documenting sexual violence and killings in Kenya’s post-election violence of 2007/8 and advocating for international justice for these and related crimes.  Early in her career Dr Nyanyuki served as a General Physician providing clinical care to patients in various public and private health institutions in Kenya. She earned her medical degree from Moi University and undertook advanced graduate work in human rights at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr Nyanyuki has built a reputation as a human rights and gender equality champion, having carried out research and published on sexual violence and human rights violations. She has also written several op-eds in national and international media advocating for victims of human rights abuses, in particular for justice for sexual violence survivors, women and girls.

Mrs Stella Ayo Odongo: Representing Eastern Africa

Ms Stella Ayo-Odongo is a child rights, child protection, social policy expert and an advocate for social justice. She is a motivated leader and development practitioner with over 20 years of progressive experience in strategic leadership, development management and programme operations. She has extensive knowledge and experience advocating for vulnerable groups such as the children, youth and the elderly.  She is a visionary pan African leader as demonstrated in the founding of national and regional level movements for social justice such as the African Wide Movement for the children, Civil Society Organizations for Peace in Northern Uganda (CSOPNU) and the Uganda Parliamentary Forum for Children (UPFC), all of which have made significant contributions to voicing issues of the affected.

Ms Ayo-Odongo has spearheaded several technical and advocacy initiatives at national, regional and international levels particularly on child rights concerns. Some of these engagements include: evaluation of the child labour programme and facilitating the development of a national child labour policy for the KURET Initiative in Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda, evaluation of the mental health programme for Mental Health Uganda and contributing to the generation of a National Situational Analysis Report on the situation of children in Uganda. Ms Ayo-Odongo has played a leadership role in the development the Child Protection Advocacy Report for the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF), the Contextual Analysis on the Situation of Children for the International Child Support Programme, in addition to facilitating the development of a National Child Participation Guideline for Uganda.

Ms Ayo-Odongo is also a founding member of the Africa-Wide Movement for Children (AMC, an Africa Wide COS platform advocating for the rights of children in Africa. She currently heads the African Partnership to End Violence against Children (APEVAC), a multi stakeholder platform promoting a conversation on preventing violence against children in Africa.

Ms Ayo-Odongo has an MSc degree in Development Management (Open University-UK) and an Honors degree in Social Sciences (Makerere University-Uganda), and has participated in several professional development courses in political and policy advocacy training, project planning and management among others.


Prof. Atangcho Akonumbo, Official legal advisor to the Board of Custodians

Prof. Atangcho Nji Akonumbo, an Associate Professor of Law and the Vice-Dean in Charge of Research and Cooperation at the University of Yaounde II, is an Official legal advisor to the Board of Custodians of the AfricaWide Movement for Children (AMC).

His main fields of expertise are human rights law, corporate law and intellectual property. He is a Cameroonian national. Since 1997, Dr. Atangcho Nji Akonumbo has been a lecturer and a professor of law in several universities in Cameroon, South Africa, and in the USA. He has also been a very active expert providing legal advice and drafting laws in the areas of intellectual property and human rights issues since 1998 in Cameroon, South Africa, Ethiopia, Congo, Senegal, Nigeria, Tanzania, Gambia, and the USA.

Prof. Atangcho Nji Akonumbo has also been involved in a number of publications, both in French and in English, on various topics such as civil law, corporate law, intellectual property, conflict settlement, criminal law and human rights law, including child rights.

Mr MacBain Mkadawire: Representing Southern Africa

Mr MacBain Mkandawire is a Custodian of the AfricaWide Movement for Children (AMC) reelected to represent Southern Africa.

He is the Executive Director of Youth Net and Counselling (YONECO), a local NGO in Malawi that works on a number of issues including HIV and AIDS, drug and substance abuse, mental health, women and girls’ empowerment, youth development, care and support for HIV and AIDS affected persons among others.

He serves as Vice Chair in the Executive Committee of the Civil Society Coalition on Quality Basic Education (CSQBE), a network of civil society organisations working in the education sector in Malawi. Mr Mkandawire is also the National Representative and Contact Point for the Southern Africa Child Rights Reference Group, a group initiated by Save the Children. In addition to this, he is the National Coordinator of the National Child Helpline Services of Malawi, a programme of the Government of Malawi. He is also the Regional Coordinator for Africa of the Pan Commonwealth Civil Society Network on HIV and AIDS. From 2008 to 2010 he was the Regional Representative for Africa and Board Member of Child Helpline International.

Mr Mkandawire holds a Master of Science degree in Leadership and Change Management from the University of Leeds Metropolitan in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor’s degree in Education (Science). His research interests are in mental health, HIV/AIDS and youth development. He has also done research in the areas of girls’ education and sexual abuse of children.

Mrs Azab A Boto Lydie Christiane: Representing Central Africa

Mrs Azab A Boto Lydie Christiane is a Custodian of the AfricaWide Movement for Children (AMC), representing Central Africa and replacing former Custodian, Enama Leon.

She is a Philosophy major and a doctoral candidate in Philosophy at the University of Yaoundé I, where she teaches Moral and Political Philosophy. Also a collaborator at the “École Citoyenne et Politique de Yaoundé” (Political and Citizenship School of Yaoundé), Christiane Boto is the patron of the “Fruits d’Afrique, ensemble, pensons aux autres” Foundation.