'The Orphan Industrial Complex: charitable commodification and its consequences for child protection in Africa'

Kristen Cheney

Seminar by by Associate Professor Kristen Cheney at the Africa Studies Centre in Leiden.

In this seminar organized by the Africa Studies Centre, Kristen Cheney argues that the misidentification of 'orphans' as a category for development and humanitarian intervention has subsequently been misappropriated by many Western individuals and charitable organizations, resulting in an ‘orphan industrial complex’ that problematically commoditizes children as targets for charitable intervention - particularly in the global south.

Using a case study of Uganda, Cheney will explain the concept of the orphan industrial complex: how it works and what its consequences are for children, families, and child protection systems.

Date, time, location

Date: 14 September 2017
Time: 15.30 - 17.00
Location: Africa Studies Centre, Pieter de la Courtgebouw / Faculty of Social Sciences, Wassenaarseweg 52, 2333 AK Leiden, Room SA49 (basement)


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