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Child Research in Africa

The perspectives on the African child are shaped by a multiplicity of factors that include both the worldview of the researchers, donor priorities and pressures, as well as what will "sell" better i peer review journals. This implies a real concern with what is going on in terms of research on child issues in Afirca in order to avoid generalisations and particularising the African children in ways that portray them in an unfavourable light. Childwatch International and CODESRIA joined forces and invited scholars from 13 countries in Africa to meet and discuss issues related to child research in Africa, in November 2006. The papers presented and discussed at the colloquium have finally been released as a CODESRIA Monograph.         

The monograph is about this extremely important exercise undertaken by Childwatch International and CODESRIA in collaboration with the Child and Youth Research and Training Programme at the University of Western Cape, South Africa, the Children's Institute at the University of Cape Town and Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya.

It comprises three papers that were presented at that occasion as well as the discussion that follows. Recognising the challenges that face researchers and their institutions, and the existing gap between policy makers and researchers, the monograph is an excellent evaluation of the child research potential in Africa. It examines the feasibility of the child research on the continent by exploring ways through which researchers and institutions across Africa can strengthen the quantity and the quality of child research in Africa. An assessment of the available research resources, in particular the technical skills of African researchers, and available financial resources is also part of the analyses. The publication presents papers by Steven Arojjo and Rebecca Nyonyintomo, Makerere University, Kelvin Mwaba, University of the Western Cape, Maureen Mweru and John N’gasike, Kenyatta University.

Shung King, M., September, R., Okatcha, F.M. and Cardoso, C. (eds.) (2009) Child Research In Africa, The African Child Research Network Initiative Report on the colloquium held on 21 and 22 November 2006, Dakar, Senegal. Produced by Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and Childwatch International. CODESRIA, Dakar.

ISBN 978-2-86978-262-4

Please contact CODESRIA to order copies of the Monograph.

A PDF version of the report can be downloaded here

CODESRIA, Av. Cheikh Anta Diop x Canal IV, PO Box 3304, Dakar, 18524, Senegal

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Published Oct. 25, 2010 3:11 PM - Last modified Apr. 17, 2013 3:46 PM