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Title:Voices of Zimbabwean orphans: a new vision for project management in Southern Africa
Author:Dzirikure, ManasaISNI
Series:Afrika-Studiecentrum series (ISSN 1570-9310)
City of publisher:Leiden
ISBN:9789004282476; 9789004283282
Geographic terms:Southern Africa
child care
social work
social welfare
External link:https://hdl.handle.net/1887/48874
Abstract:The most vulnerable children and young people in the fifteen countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have been ill-served by round after round of well-intentioned but weak, often inadequate, poorly desgined and delivered, policy and planning approaches to improving their welfare. Chronically poor children and their carers can be corrupted or silenced by management systems which fail to recognise their basic human needs. Resilience in the face of such adversity is celebrated by the dominant project management ideology and practice, but is a major barrier to achieve genuine sustainable improvements in the lives of vulnerable children. This study, an example of practitioner research combining a professional and an academic commitment to the topic, proposes a new person-centred project management approach aimed at delivering comprehensive services for orphans, which explicitly recognises the needs of orphans and other poor children to be fully socially, politically and economically included within their communities and which avoids the reinforcement of power based inequalities. The moral bankruptcy of much social development work in Zimbabwe and elsewhere is described and the authors delineate an alternative project management policy and practice. [ASC Leiden abstract]