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dr. (Auma) L.A. Okwany

Assistant Professor International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) Academic Staff Unit
Location
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Room
I 4-38
Telephone
+31 70 4260578
Email
okwany@iss.nl

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I am Assistant Professor of Social Policy at The International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam. My scholarship centers on the relationship between policy, practice and theory for children, youth and their families in contexts of risk and marginalization. My research and teaching revolve around the themes of education, including care and development in the early years, child vulnerability, and child-sensitive social protection, (adolescent) sexuality and reproductive health with a specific focus on Eastern Africa. My scholarship building privileges research that is attentive to epistemic diversity, highlighting the need to foreground-situated accounts, which are often marginalized by the dominant narrative…

I am Assistant Professor of Social Policy at The International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam. My scholarship centers on the relationship between policy, practice and theory for children, youth and their families in contexts of risk and marginalization. My research and teaching revolve around the themes of education, including care and development in the early years, child vulnerability, and child-sensitive social protection, (adolescent) sexuality and reproductive health with a specific focus on Eastern Africa. My scholarship building privileges research that is attentive to epistemic diversity, highlighting the need to foreground-situated accounts, which are often marginalized by the dominant narrative. In this endeavor of pursuing epistemic justice, I have built alliances with scholars in the region in nurturing and mentoring emerging researchers on Afrocentric, situated approaches. My current research outputs include a co-edited volume, Early Childhood Care and Education on the Margins: African Perspectives (Forthcoming 2018, Routledge); An Edited Volume, Social Protection for Vulnerable Children and Youth in Africa (Forthcoming 2018, CODESRIA Books); Ongoing research on young motherhood in Kenya/Uganda and an edited volume on Sexuality and Reproductive Health and Rights in Uganda. I am co-editor of the Routledge/ISS-EUR Gender and Sexuality Book Series. Using this scholarship to improve policy and practice, I have been involved in coordinating several externally funded research, development and capacity building projects in Eastern Africa. I am currently the Lead Researcher for Tanzania of a two-year Oak Foundation-funded research project “Adolescent Perceptions on Healthy Relationships in Tanzania and Bulgaria.” I am also the Overall Director of the four-year (2016-2020) Netherlands Government funded EUR-ISS project, “Strengthening Education and Training Capacity in Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SET-SRHR) in Uganda.

 

    • L.A. Okwany, E. Ngutuku & A. Muhangi (2011). The Role of Local Knowledge in Childcare in Africa. A Sociological Study of Several Communities in Kenya and Uganda. Lewiston, New York: The Edwin Mellen Press
    • N. Awortwi & L.A. Okwany (Ed.). (2010). Issues in Local Governance and Social Development in Uganda. Maastricht: Shaker Publishing
      • L.A. Okwany, E. Ngutuku & A. Muhangi (2011). The Role of Local Knowledge in Childcare in Africa. A Sociological Study of Several Communities in Kenya and Uganda. Lewiston, New York: The Edwin Mellen Press
      • N. Awortwi & L.A. Okwany (Ed.). (2010). Issues in Local Governance and Social Development in Uganda. Maastricht: Shaker Publishing
      • L.A. Okwany & R. Wazir (2016). Changing Social Norms to Universalize Girls' Education in East Africa. Lessons from a Pilot Project. Antwerp-Apeldoorn: Garant
      • L.A. Okwany, E.M. Ngutuku & A. Muhangi (2011). The role of Local knowledge and Culture In child care in Africa: A Sociological Study of Several Ethnic groups in Kenya and Uganda. New York: Edwin Mellen Press
      • L.A. Okwany, E. Ngutuku & A. Muhangi (2011). The Role of Local Knowledge in Childcare in Africa. A Sociological Study of Several Communities in Kenya and Uganda. Lewiston, New York: The Edwin Mellen Press
      • L.A. Okwany & E.M. Ngutuku (2018). Social protection and citizenship rights of vulnerable children: a perspective on interventions by non-state actors in Western Kenya. In N. Awortwi & G. Walter-Drop (Eds.), Non-state social protection actors and services in Africa: governance below the state (African Governance, 2). New York: Routledge[go to publisher's site]
      • L.A. Okwany (2016). Gendered Norms and Girls’ Education in Kenya and Uganda: A social norms perspective. In L.A Okwany & R. Wazir (Eds.), Changing Social Norms to Universalize Girls' Education in Africa: Lessons from a Pilot Project (pp. 12-28). Antwerp-Appeldorn: Garant
      • L.A. Okwany & H.B. Ebrahim (2015). Rethinking Epistemology and Methodology in Early Childhood Research in Africa. In A. Farrel, S.L. Kagan & K. Tisdall (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Early Childhood Research (SAGE Reference) (pp. 432-448). London: Sage
      • L.A. Okwany & E. Ngutuku (2015). Social protection and citizenship rights of vulnerable children: a perspective on interventions by non-state actor's in western Kenya. In W Gregor & N Awortwi (Eds.), Governance below the state: non state actors'social protection interventions in Africa. Palgrave-Macmillan
      • L.A. Okwany & A. Muhangi (2010). Extending Downwards: Universal Early Childhood Care and Development in Uganda. In N. Awortwi & L.A. Okwany (Eds.), Issues in Social Development and Local Governance in Uganda (pp. 157-170). Maastricht: Shaker Publishing BV
      • L.A. Okwany & A. Adala (2009). From Schooling for Some to Lifelong Learning for All: A Paradigm Shift for Education and Development in Africa. In M.N. Amutabi & M.O. Oketch (Eds.), Studies in Lifelong Learning in Africa: From Ethnic Traditions to Technological Innovations (hors série, 0) (pp. ch. 11). Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press
      • N. Oudenhoven van, R. Wazir & L.A. Okwany (2006). Newly Emerging Needs of Children in Kenya. In Newly Emerging Needs of Children and Youth: An Exploration. Antwerpen: Garant
      • L.A. Okwany (2003). Entering the Quagmire: Examining state-NGO Interaction in the provision of Education for Urban Poor Children in Kenya. In M. Sutton & R. Arnove (Eds.), State-NGO Relations in Educational Policy Formulation and Appropriation: Case Studies from the Field (pp. 27). Norwood: Ablex Publishing
      • N. Awortwi & L.A. Okwany (Ed.). (2010). Issues in Local Governance and Social Development in Uganda. Maastricht: Shaker Publishing
        • L.A. Okwany & E.M. Ngutuku (2015). Strengthening or Weakening State-Citizen Social Contract: Governance and Accountability Dynamics of Non-State Actors Providing Social Protection for Vulnerable Children in Western Kenya. (Preprints). Nairobi: Partnership for African Social and Governance Research
        • L.A. Okwany (2005). Newly Emerging Needs of Children and Youth in Kenya, in: R. Wazir and N. van Oudenhoven , Newly Emerging Needs of Children and Youth an Exploration. Amsterdam: PLAN Nederland
        • L.A. Okwany, E.M. Ngutuku & A. Kamusiime (2016). Operations Research: Keep It Real (KIR) Sexuality Education Programme for Young People in Uganda. (Extern rapport). The Hague: Save the Children Netherlands
        • L.A. Okwany, E.M. Ngutuku, A. Assefa & A. Mekonnen (2016). Operations Research: Keep It Real (KIR) Sexuality Education Programme for Young People in Ethiopia. (Extern rapport). The Hague: Save the Children Netherlands
        • L.A. Okwany, A. Assefa, E.M. Ngutuku & A. Mekonnen (2014). Formative Research on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health in Ethiopia. (Extern rapport). : Submitted to Save the Children
        • L.A. Okwany (2014). Planting Seeds of Quality Education: The Impact of Harambee Foundation Holland Partnerships in Western Kenya. (Extern rapport). : Submitted to Harambee Foundation Holland
        • L.A. Okwany, A. Kamusiime & E.M. Ngutuku (2014). Formative Research on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health in Uganda. (Extern rapport). : Submitted to Save the Children
        • L.A. Okwany & E.M. Ngutuku (2014). Social Protection and Citizenships rights for vulnerable Chidlren in Kenya. (Extern rapport). Nairobi: Partnership for African Social and Governance research
        • A. Muhangi, E. Ngutuku & L.A. Okwany (2012). Action Research on the Integrated Area Based Approach and Child Labour Monitoring Sustems in Rakai District, Uganda. (Extern rapport). Kampala: ILO/IPEC
        • A. Muhangi, E.M. Ngutuku & L.A. Okwany (2012). Emerging Good Practice from the Integrated Area Based Approach ’, Project for the Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour in Uganda. (Extern rapport). Geneva: ILO
        • E.M. Ngutuku, A. Muhangi & L.A. Okwany (2012). Action Research on the Integrated Area Based Approach and Child Labour Monitoring Systems in Rakai District, Uganda. (Extern rapport). Geneva: International Labour Organization
        • L.A. Okwany & E. Ngutuku, A. Muhanji (2011). Youth and Cooperatives in Africa: Factors that Shape their Inclusion and Participation. (Extern rapport). Nairobi: The Africa Confederation of Cooperatives, Credit and Savings Organisations (ACCOSCA)
        • L.A. Okwany & E. Ngutuku, A. Muhanji (2011). Youth and Cooperatives in Africa: Factors that Shape their Inclusion and Participation. (Extern rapport). Nairobi: The Africa Confederation of Cooperatives, Credit and Savings Organisations (ACCOSCA)
        • L.A. Okwany & M.E. Wuyts (2004). Evaluation of the Multi-Disciplinary Multi-Annual Research Program - Case study of REPOA, Tanzania. (Extern rapport). Den Haag: Ministry of Development Cooperation
      • L.A. Okwany, H.B. Ebrahim & O. Barry (2016). ECCE at the Margins: African Perspectives on Birth to Three (Forthcoming Edited Book). In 26th European Early Childhood Education Research Association Conference. Dublin, Ireland
      • L.A. Okwany & H.B. Ebrahim (2016). Epistemic Justice in Early Childhood Research in Africa (Keynote Address). In 2nd South African Research Association for Early Childhood International Conference
      • L.A. Okwany (2015). Diversity of Voice in ECD: Listening to Counter-narratives from the Margins. In African Perspectives of Early Childhood Care and Education: Theory, Discourse, Policy and Practice for Children from Birth to Three Years. CODESRIA
        • L.A. Okwany (2012). A Balancing Act: Competing and Collaborating Voices of Stakeholders in State-NGO Programming for Children and Youth Development in Africa. First International Interdisciplinary Annual Conference: 'Africa’s Golden Jubilee: Assessing 50 Years of Scholarship and Development in Africa: Nairobi (2012, juni 26 - 2012, juni 30).
        • L.A. Okwany (2012). Education Policy and Practice in Africa:The Quality Imperative. Global Campaign for Education Netherlands Chapter: Utrecht.
        • L.A. Okwany (2011). Indigenous Curriculum Perpspectives: African Voices. The Conference on Curriculum in the Early Years - Shaping Strong Foundations For Young Children: University of Free State, Bloemfontein (2011, september 26 - 2011, september 30).
        • L.A. Okwany (2008). Education, the State and Globalization in Africa: Cross examination of the Paradigm Shift in Education and Development. The 4th International Globalization, Diversity, and Education Conference in Spokane: Washington (2008, februari 28 - 2008, maart 1).
        • L.A. Okwany (2008). Negotiating Tensions in Girlhood: Constrained and Situated Agency of Urban Poor girls in Kenya. The International conference: “Young People in Africa: From Marginalization to Citizenship: ISS, Den Haag (2008, november 21 - 2008, november 22).
      • K.E. Cheney & L.A. Okwany (Eds.). (2017) Childhood in Africa, 4 (1).
        • K.E. Cheney & L.A. Okwany (2013, juni 10). Neocolonialism and Homophobia in Uganda. ISS, The Hague, Netherlands, Development Research Seminar/Sexuality Research Initiative series.
        • L.A. OkwanyChildren and Poverty: Notions of Childhood in Development Discourses and Policies. Tanzania, Distance learning unit for the Tanzania Diploma in Poverty Analysis. Module 3 unit 10.
        • L.A. OkwanyFree primary Education: Are we postponing Exclusion? Tanzania, Distance learning unit on Education and Social Policy for the Tanzania Diploma in Poverty Analysis. Module 3 unit 5.
  • 3105 Research Paper Preparation

    Title
    3105 Research Paper Preparation
    Year
    2018
    Period
    TERM1B

    4154 Critical Social Policy

    Title
    4154 Critical Social Policy
    Year
    2018
    Period
    TERM1B

    4239 Population, Generations & SPs

    Title
    4239 Population, Generations & SPs
    Year
    2018
    Period
    TERM2

    4311 Children, Youth and Development

    Title
    4311 Children, Youth and Development
    Year
    2018
    Period
    TERM3

    5401 Research Paper

    Title
    5401 Research Paper
    Year
    2018
    Period
    TERM4

    Major SPD

    Title
    Major SPD
    Year
    2018
    Period
    TERM1A, TERM1B, TERM2, TERM3, TERM4

    General Information

    Title
    General Information
    Year
    2018
    Period
    TERM1A, TERM1B, TERM2, TERM3, TERM4
  • Assistant Professor

    University
    Erasmus University Rotterdam
    School
    International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
    Department
    Academic Staff Unit
    Country
    Nederland
    Telephone
    +31 70 4260578

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Visiting address

Kortenaerkade 12 2518 AX 's-Gravenhage

Postal address

Postbus 29776 2502 LT 's-Gravenhage