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The Secretariat is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the African Partnership, supporting the operations of the Executive Committee, the Global Partnership and Country Level Pathfinding Initiatives. The Secretariat is hosted by the African Child Policy Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with Technical Working Group Members who are experts from 12 African countries.


The Partnership, for the first four years, operates with few staff members, including a full-time Senior Programme Co-ordinator, supported by the relevant staff from ACPF’s Child Protection Programme and the Executive Director’s Office. In the coming years, the Partnership is envisaged to have its own Director and thematic programme coordinators and a communication specialist.

Doris Roos  |  Coordinator: African Partnership to End VAC

Doris Roos has over 25 years of professional experience gained in the Caribbean, South America and several African countries, including Sierra Leone during the Ebola Outbreak. Her expertize are in Child Protection, Child Rights, Policy Development, Gender Based Violence, and Adolescent health and development. 

As Coordinator of the African Partnership, Doris has a geographic area of responsibility for the African continent as well as supporting the rolling out of the INSPIRE Violence Prevention Strategies implementation, knowledge building on VAC related issues and representing African interest on Global Platforms.  She has worked for UNICEF, International Cooperation for Development (CIIR’s development arm) and lectured at the University of Namibia. She is known in Namibia and Southern Africa for leading the development of Justice for Children in Namibia and managing an international award winning Child Justice Programme at the Legal Assistance Centre, Namibia.  Doris has a degree in Social Work from the University of Namibia; a B Honours degree in Social Development from the University of Cape Town and an MSc in Development Management from University of London. 


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  • Email: secretariat@endviolenceinafrica.org
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