In its commitment to promoting the improvement of juvenile justice systems and policies, and developing initiatives adapted to the local contexts as much as possible, the IJJO created the African Council for Juvenile Justice (ACJJ) .
This Council established working and cooperation networks between professionals and specialised organisations in the African region, under the coordination and strategic management of the International Juvenile Justice Observatory.
The ACJJ acted as a think tank, bringing together professionals and representatives of public authorities, academia, the judiciary, and civil society. Their principal objective was to generate knowledge to contribute to the operational implementation of international standards on the protection of the rights of children and young people in conflict with the law.
With the establishment of the ACJJ, the IJJO encouraged the creation of a space for analysis, reflection, development of initiatives as well as codes and principles of good practices in the African region.
In 2020, the Observatory has made the decision to cease the ACJJ’s activities, proposing new procedures for participation with a more flexible configuration and methodology, which support the online cooperation of multiple actors and are better suited to the IJJO's current lines of work.
The IJJO is extremely grateful for the work carried out by all the ACJJ members, who contributed to the improvement of juvenile justice in Africa, and we encourage them to continue collaborating with the IJJO in this new phase with the same objective.