Nov 112013
 
Schedule and Location: Wednesday, May 28 9:00am-10:30am Vallee-500

Primary Session Category: Development and Globalization Studies
Session Code: DGS4-A
Session Format: Regular (Presentations and Discussion)

Session Description: Development in Africa has being hampered by a myriad of problems that cripple the social structure of a number of African countries and has further delayed the catching-up process with the West. Gender inequality, poor attitude to work, corruption, religious and ethnic conflicts, food insecurity, HIV/AIDS, child malnutrition, and environmental degradation are persistent in many African countries; however, these social issues continue to receive little research attention from both the development and academic communities. Many countries are plagued with dormant policies and approaches for tackling these persistent and frequently multidimensional problems.

The overall goal of this session is to stimulate a critical discussion by academics and social researchers on case studies, approaches, and best practices related to the problems mentioned and examine the public policy implications for these challenges. Particularly, this session will situate problems within the context of potential policy intervention strategies.

Papers are invited from individuals who are working on such initiatives, especially those that center on poverty reduction, social development, gender mainstreaming, health, policy issues, livelihood strategies, and other mechanisms that seek to improve the overall quality of life in African communities.

Session Organizers:
Godfred Odei Boateng, Western University, Sociology, gboaten@uwo.ca
Jonathan A. Amoyaw, Western University, Sociology

Chair: Rina Egbo

Presenters:

1.     Pearl Sedziafa, Eric Y. Tenkorang 

Kin group affiliation and intimate partner violence against married women in Ghana

2.     Nelson Oranye, Peter Ezeah, Leanne Leclair, Augustin Onu, Blessing Onyima  

 From Special to Inclusive Education for Children with Disability in Southeast Nigeria: A Qualitative Study

3.     Collins Nwabunike, Eric Y. Tenkorang 

Domestic and Marital Violence Among the Three Major Ethnic Groups in Nigeria

4.     Jonathan Amoyaw, Vincent Kuuire, Godfred Boateng 

Safe Motherhood Behaviours of Women Enrolled under Ghanaís Anti-Cash and Carry Health Insurance Scheme.

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