We actively participate in research projects and contribute to policy debates at both a national and international level. We have contributed to three research studies.
1: Orphan competent schools
In partnership with Maseno University and the Department of Health Promotion and Development at the University of Bergen we are investigating the characteristics of a supportive school environment with the aim of conceptualising an orphan competent school. We hope that this study will help inform school and community-based interventions looking to enhance the educational attainment and psychosocial well-being of orphaned and vulnerable children.
2: Coping strategies of caregiving children
In partnership with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) we conducted between 2006 and 2010 a participatory action research project that sought to map out the caring experiences of children living with sick parents or elderly grandparents as well as chart out their coping strategies. Key publications coming out of this study include:
3: Community recommendations on how best to support caregiving children
In partnership with the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development and the LSE we conducted a series of community conversations to get an insight to how community members thought caregiving children are best supported. Key publications coming out of this study include:
4: The importance of goat ownership on children's well-being
In partnership with the LSE we facilitated a study on the role of goat ownership on chilren's psychosocial well-being. This study formed part of an evaluation of a community livelihoods initiative that distributed goats to poor households. This study resulted in one publication: