Vulnerable within the vulnerable : protection of orphaned children heading households in Tanzania

Doctoral thesis English OPEN
Bisimba, Helen K.
  • Subject: HV

The adoption and ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)\ud 1989 came as a promise to the improvement of children’s well-being and status\ud throughout the globe. The African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the African\ud Child (ACRWC) sparked more hope for the African Child. A number of initiatives\ud by governments and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) have been\ud undertaken to enforce the rights of the child; yet children continue to suffer from\ud various injustices.\ud In Tanzania orphaned children heading households (OCHH) suffer even more as\ud they struggle between adult and children roles. This thesis reveals a disconnection\ud between the perspectives of the OCHH and those of the different governance\ud institutions supposed to protect the children at the local, national and global levels.\ud In a socio-legal study this thesis uses ethnographic techniques to focus on the OCHH\ud themselves and their perspectives. It explores their understandings and the role\ud played by the multitude of governance institutions around them, which do not seem\ud to address the injustices facing them. The thesis uses governance, law and ethic of\ud care approaches to analyse the children’s position. It argues that although OCHH\ud suffer, they are not ‘suffering bodies’ instead they are ‘political persons’ claiming\ud their agency.
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    1.3.3. The Orphaned Children Heading Households: An Uncertain Category........10 Challenges in Balancing Roles ............................................................42 3.4.3. Protecting the Rights of the Child the Case of Child Libbers..........................78 Legal Pluralism and Child Governance ................................................ 73 Protecting Children or Protecting their Rights?.................................... 75 Protecting children in a rights framework............................................75 Protection of children the case of 'Child Savers'.................................76 Sampling Methods and the Study Location .......................................115 4.4.6. The Rationale for the Link of Research Questions to the Research Methods ...

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