In 1994 a group of children and young people from four African countries decided to establish the African Movement of Working Children and Youth (AMWCY) in the Ivory Coast. The premise underpinning AMWCY is that children from diverse backgrounds and countries will often share the same goals and life prospects. The organisation expanded rapidly and today can be found in 27 countries across Africa. Yet it hasn’t lost its child-led focus and mode of operation; children represent 73% of members.

Through AMWCY children come together to discuss the problems they face in their communities and reflect on possible solutions. Recognised as experts in their reality, children and young people are the ones who find the solutions, who advise and guide the other children.