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Applying community-based participatory research to better understand and improve kinship care practices: insights from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.

Authors
  • Chukwudozie, Oge
  • Feinstein, Clare
  • Jensen, Celina
  • OʼKane, Claire
  • Pina, Silvia
  • Skovdal, Morten
  • Smith, Rebecca
Type
Published Article
Journal
Family & Community Health
Publisher
Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer) - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2015
Volume
38
Issue
1
Pages
108–119
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000052
PMID: 25423249
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

While the principles behind community-based participatory research are firmly established, the process of taking community-based participatory research with children and youth to scale and integrating it into the programming of non-governmental organizations has been scarcely documented. This article reflects on the experiences of Save the Children in implementing a multicountry community-based participatory research program to increase understanding of kinship care in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. The article discusses challenges faced and lessons learned and highlights how the research process enabled action and advocacy initiatives at different levels-leading to an increase in support and policy attention for children living in kinship care.

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