Principal investigator: Gina Porter. Lead Organisation: Durham University
Co-investigator: Kate Hampshire
The project focuses on the mobility constraints faced by children in accessing health, educational and other facilities in sub-Saharan Africa, the lack of direct information on how these constraints impact on children's current and future livelihood opportunities, and the lack of guidelines on how to tackle them. The aim is to provide an evidence base strong enough to substantially improve policy in the three focus countries - Ghana, Malawi and South Africa - and to change thinking across Africa.
The project will test an innovative two-strand child-centred methodology, involving both adult and child researchers. In addition to a more conventional interview study with children, parents, teachers and community leaders conducted by adult academic researchers, there will be a complementary component of truly child-centred research conducted by child researchers (facilitated by adults). This takes forward an earlier small pilot of the latter approach in Ghana and South Africa. This aim is to apply the successful child researcher pilot, while ensuring achievement of a substantial and comparable quantitative and qualitative dataset across the three countries from which policy guidelines can be established.