A Developing Dialogue - Children’s Rights, Children’s Law and Economics: Surveying Experiences from Southern and Eastern African Law Reform Processes

Julia Sloth-Nielsen

This article discusses the economic dimensions of children’s law reform in several southern and eastern African countries. It highlights the development of the South African Children’s Act 38 of 2005, and describes the existing social security system which affected aspects of the drafting of this legislation. Costing processes pertaining to both this Act and the Child Justice Bill 49 of 2002 are explained. A comparative section deals with economic aspects of emerging children’s law in Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, Kenya and Lesotho. The distributive potential of these initiatives for transforming services to children is emphasised.


Cite as: Julia Sloth-Nielsen, A Developing Dialogue - Children’s Rights, Children’s Law and Economics: Surveying Experiences from Southern and Eastern African Law Reform Processes, vol 12.3 ELECTRONIC JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE LAW, (December 2008), <http://www.ejcl.org/123/art123-5.pdf>.

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