I am Associate 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. ÂÂÂ
Auma Okwany & A (Annah) Kamusiime (2017) - Foregrounding the tensions and silences in education policies for student-mothers in Uganda and Kenya - Childhood in Africa, 4 (1), 57-69
Auma Okwany (2016) - ‘Every mother dances her baby’: Contextually responsive narratives of early childhood care and education in Kenya and Uganda - South African Journal of Childhood Education, 6 (2) - doi: 10.4102/sajce.v6i2.464
A Munene & Auma Okwany (2016) - Interrogating the ‘artificial’ divide between health and education for children aged 0–3 years in urban poor locales in Kenya - South African Journal of Childhood Education, 6 (2) - doi: 10.4102/sajce.v6i2.465
Auma Okwany & EM Ngutuku Mulongo (2009) - Brooding on vulnerable children and caregivers: Leveraging IKS to build resilience in compromised care environments - Early Childhood Development, (112), 52-58
Auma 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 - The Edwin Mellen Press
Auma Okwany, Elizabeth 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 - Edwin Mellen Press
Auma Okwany & HB Ebrahim (2015) - Rethinking Epistemology and Methodology in Early Childhood Research in Africa - Sage
Auma Okwany & E Ngutuku (2015) - Social protection and citizenship rights of vulnerable children: a perspective on interventions by non-state actor's in western Kenya - Palgrave Macmillan
Auma Okwany (2010) - Universal Primary Education and Social Exclusion in Kenya and Uganda - Shaker Publishing
Auma Okwany & A Muhangi (2010) - Extending Downwards: Universal Early Childhood Care and Development in Uganda - Shaker Publishing BV
Auma Okwany & A Adala (2009) - From Schooling for Some to Lifelong Learning for All: A Paradigm Shift for Education and Development in Africa - The Edwin Mellen Press
N Oudenhoven van, R Wazir & Auma Okwany (2006) - Newly Emerging Needs of Children in Kenya - Garant
Auma Okwany (2003) - Entering the Quagmire: Examining state-NGO Interaction in the provision of Education for Urban Poor Children in Kenya - Ablex Publishing
Auma Okwany & A Adala (1950) - (Forthcoming). Lifelong Learning as an emerging field of Study in Africa. In M. Oketch and M. Amutabi (eds.), The Distant Future: Perspectives on Lifelong Learning in Africa. - Kluwer Publishers
Auma Okwany (2012) - Transformative Development: Financial Inclusion for Women and Youth in Africa
Auma Okwany (2012) - Inclusive Foundations: the Role of Local Knowledge and Culture in Holistic Development and Education of Young Children in Africa
Auma Okwany (2012) - Our Children, Our Future: Interrogating norms about Childhood and Youth in Africa
Auma Okwany (2012) - A Balancing Act: Competing and Collaborating Voices of Stakeholders in State-NGO Programming for Children and Youth Development in Africa
Auma Okwany (2012) - (De)constructing notions of childhood and youth in development in Africa
Auma Okwany (2006) - Photography and Half Stories: Media bias in depictions of street girls in Kenya (Paper presented at the Conference - Images of African Peoples: Photography, History and Culture in Africa and the African Diaspora, Eastern Illinois University, Charlston, Illinois. March 31 to April 2, 2006)
Auma Okwany (2006) - Hostile Landscapes: the Escalation of child sex tourism on the Kenyan Coast (Paper presented at the Atlas Africa Conference 2006: Contested Landscapes in Tourism: Culture, conservation and consumption Mombasa, Kenya, 16-18 February 2006).
Auma Okwany (2006) - The Right to Education for Urban Poor Girls: The Unseen Casualties of Educational Marginalization in Kenya. (Paper presented at the International Conference on Childrens Rights, Ghent Belgium, 18-19 May 2006).
Auma Okwany (2003) - Invisible Girls: The Unseen Casualties of Educational Marginalization in Kenya (Paper/lecture presented at seminar organised by Utrecht University, Utrecht, 24 November 2003)
Auma Okwany, R Christina & Manisha Singh (2001) - The Great Balancing Act: Competing and Collaborating Voices of Stakeholders in NGO Educational Programming in India, Kenya and Palestine (Panel Presentation at the 45th National Comparative and International Education Society Conference. Washington, DC March 14-17, 2001)
Auma Okwany (2001) - Invisible Girls: The Unseen Casualties of Educational Marginalization in Kenya (Paper presented at the Conference titled: Precious Beads Multiply: The African Girl Child, from Girl to Woman. Organized by the Institute for the African Child, Ohio University April 5-6)
Auma Okwany & L Semu (2000) - What Fosters Girls¿ and Women¿s Agency in Facilitating Social Change? A Comparative Analysis of Girls¿ and Women¿s Experiences in Educational and Political/Legal Processes in Kenya and Malawi (Panel presentation at the first Biennial AAUW International Symposium, Washington DC November 17-18)
Auma Okwany (1997) - ¿Against Many Odds: Non-governmental Organizations¿ Response to Educational Marginalization of Street Girls in Kenya, Implications for Policy Formulation.¿ Paper presented at the Mid-West, African Studies Graduate Conference Madison -Wisconsin March 1st-3rd.
Auma Okwany (2012) - Education Policy and Practice in Africa:The Quality Imperative
Auma 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. - PLAN Nederland
Auma Okwany (2003) - Alternative Education for Marginalized Children and Youth: A Review of Key Programs in Kenya. (Report done on request for Sinaga Women and Children Resource Centre in Kenya, February 2003)
Auma Okwany (2002) - Education and Training Strategies for Disadvantaged Children and Youth in East and Southern Africa. International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) Research and Studies Program. - UNESCO
Auma Okwany (1998) - ¿NGOs as Agents of Educational Development: Comparing Problems and Potential Across Cases¿ 1998 Panel presentation at the Regional (Mid-West) Comparative and International Education Society conference. Indiana University, Bloomington. November 20th ¿ 22nd.
A Muhangi, Elizabeth Ngutuku & Auma Okwany (2012) - Emerging Good Practice from the Integrated Area Based Approach ’, Project for the Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour in Uganda - ILO
Elizabeth Ngutuku, A Muhangi & Auma Okwany (2012) - Action Research on the Integrated Area Based Approach and Child Labour Monitoring Systems in Rakai District, Uganda - International Labour Organization
Auma Okwany, Elizabeth Ngutuku & A Muhanji (2011) - Youth and Cooperatives in Africa: Factors that Shape their Inclusion and Participation - The Africa Confederation of Cooperatives, Credit and Savings Organisations (ACCOSCA)
Auma Okwany (2010) - Social Protection for Vulnerable Children in Africa - CABA Working Group and the Better Care Network (Concept Note for Advocacy)
Auma Okwany (2006) - Children Under Siege: Examining Gaps in Interventions for Child Sexual Abuse in Kenya. Newly Emerging Needs of Children and Youth - PLAN Nederland
Auma Okwany & Marc Wuyts (2004) - Evaluation of the Multi-Disciplinary Multi-Annual Research Program - Case study of REPOA, Tanzania - Ministry of Development Cooperation
Auma Okwany (2011) - Youth and Cooperatives in Africa: Factors that Shape their Participation
Auma Okwany & Elizabeth 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 - Partnership for African Social and Governance Research
Auma Okwany, Kristen Cheney & A (Annah) Kamusiime (2018) - Adolescent Participatory Research: A Proactive Approach to Violence affecting Young People - VAC Conference - Children and Youth facing Violence in Africa: What do we know? What can we do?
Kristen Cheney & Auma Okwany (2018) - Overcoming the Adult Gaze in Participatory Research with Young People - Contemporary Childhood Conference - Children in Space, Place and Time
Auma Okwany (2015) - Diversity of Voice in ECD: Listening to Counter-narratives from the Margins - CODESRIA Child and Youth Institute 2015 - African Perspectives of Early Childhood Care and Education: Theory, Discourse, Policy and Practice for Children from Birth to Three Years
Kristen Cheney & Auma Okwany (2013) - Neocolonialism and Homophobia in Uganda - Development Research Seminar/Sexuality Research Initiative series
Auma Okwany (2009) - Children and Poverty: Notions of Childhood in Development Discourses and Policies - Distance learning unit for the Tanzania Diploma in Poverty Analysis. Module 3 unit 10.
Auma Okwany (2006) - Free primary Education: Are we postponing Exclusion? - Distance learning unit on Education and Social Policy for the Tanzania Diploma in Poverty Analysis. Module 3 unit 5
Kristen Cheney & Auma Okwany (2017) - Childhood in Africa (Journal)