Improving Childcare Options for Women

Project overview: Improving childcare options to create better economic opportunities for women in Nairobi slums

Project Video: Daycare in slums

Fact Sheet: Daycare in a Nairobi informal settlement

Policy Brief: Exploring the challenges in combining work and care for young children: Use of PhotoVoice with mothers from an urban Nairobi slum

Project Presentations: Conferences, workshops, and other events

Project Highlights: Photos of key project milestones

Blog and related news posts

Project Team Members

Project Partners: APHRC and McGill University (CPD, ISID, and PCL)

Project Funders: Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW), IDRC, UKAid, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

APHRC Project Website

 

Project overview

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Improving childcare options to create better economic opportunities for women in Nairobi slums Centre on Population Dynamics and African Population and Health Research Centre

Project Video: Daycare in Slums

 

Fact sheet: Daycare in a Nairobi informal settlement

Authors: Isabel Pike (APHRC), Stella Muthuri (APHRC), Milka Njeri (AHPRC), Caroline W. Kabiru (APHRC), and Shelley Clark (McGill University)

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Daycare-factsheet Centre on Population Dynamics, McGill University and African Population and Health Research Center

Policy brief: Exploring the challenges in combining work and care for young children: Use of PhotoVoice with mothers from an urban Nairobi slum

Authors: Stella Muthuri (APHRC), Danielle Doughman (APHRC), Claudia Mitchell (McGill University) and Ashley DeMartini (McGill University)
Contributors: Jen Thompsons (APHRC), Margaret Amos (APHRC), and Milka Wanjohi (McGill University)

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APHRC-McGill policy brief Exploring the challenges of combining work and care for young children: use of PhotoVoice with mothers from an urban Nairobi slum

 

Project Presentations

June 4, 2015. Claudia Mitchell (McGill University). Training in PhotoVoice Methodology webinar "GrOW Program: PhotoVoice - a tool for reseach and community engagement." IDRC-Participatory Cultures Lab (McGill University). (31 participants).

PhotoVoice Methodology - Participatory Cultures Lab, McGill University

June 4-9, 2015. Claudia Mitchell (McGill University). PhotoVoice Exhibit. Participatory Cultures Lab, McGill University, Montréal, Québec.

November 23, 2015. Shelley Clark (McGill University). Evidence to Action: Pathways for Women’s Economic Empowerment in Africa, Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women, IDRC, Ottawa, Ontario.

February 3-5, 2016. Claudia Mitchell (McGill University). International Research Symposium and Exhibition, Not Just an Object: Making Meaning of and from Everyday Objects in Educational Research, University of KwaZulu-Natal. Durban, South Africa.

March 7, 2016. Sonia Laszlo (McGill University) and Stella Muthuri (APHRC) made a presentation to Global Affairs Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

March 8, 2016. Shelley Clark (McGill University) and Stella Muthuri (APHRC). IDRC International Women’s Day event: Knowledge to Action: Improving Women’s Lives, IDRC, Ottawa, Ontario.

Arijit Nandi, Stelle Muthuri and Shelley Clark

April 13, 2016. Stella Muthuri (APHRC). Regional Knowledge Management Share Fair organized by the East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community. Arusha, Tanzania. See blog post PhotoVoice for Knowledge Management as well as additional mention on blog posted, "A Growing Community for Knowledge Management in Africa."

April 15, 2016. Shelley Clark (McGill University). Inequalities and Families: Childhood as a Homeland.  Research Group on Human Capital. School of Management, UQAM, Montréal, Québec.

April 19, 2016. Stella Muthuri and Milka Njeri (APHRC). Transforming dynamics in the care economy: what works?, Department for International Development (DFID), London, UK.

June 4th, 2016. Sonia Laszlo and Franque Grimard (McGill University). Women's Economic Empowerment and GrOW policy panel, at the Canadian Development Economics Study Group meeting at the annual conference of the Canadian Economics Association.

 

Project Highlights

PhotoVoice Training and Pilot March, 2015

In March 2015, Professor and team member Claudia Mitchell (Participatory Cultures Lab, McGill University) and two research assistants provided training in PhotoVoice methodology to three APHRC staff and two fieldworkers and conducted a pilot test with four women from Korogocho.

PhotoVoice training with APHRC staff: creating a PhotoVoice poster

Photo 1: PhotoVoice training with APHRC staff: creating a PhotoVoice poster.

PhotoVoice pilot data collection in Korogocho: women learning to use cameras

Photo 2: PhotoVoice pilot data collection in Korogocho: women learning to use cameras.

PhotoVoice pilot data collection in Korogocho: trainers and trainees

Photo 3: PhotoVoice pilot data collection in Korogocho: trainers and trainees.

PhotoVoice focus group with women participants and Korogocho community stakeholders discussing PhotoVoice posters

Photo 4: PhotoVoice focus group with women participants and Korogocho community stakeholders discussing PhotoVoice posters.

ECD Training November, 2015

As part of the quality arm of the project daycare intervention, 32 daycare centre caregivers were provided with four days (November 24th to 28th) of early childhood development training by the Aga Khan Foundation-Madrasa Early Childhood Programme - Kenya.

ECD training participants engaged in learning activity

Photo 1: ECD training participants engaged in learning activity.

ECD training participants’ notes on how they expect to implement what they have learned

Photo 2: ECD training participants’ notes on how they expect to implement what they have learned.

ECD training participants displaying materials that they developed during the course of the training

Photo 3: ECD training participants displaying materials that they developed during the course of the training

Korogocho Field Visit January 2016

In January, 2016, PI Professor Shelley Clark visited several daycares participating in the project.

PI Professor Shelley Clark chatting with a daycare owner

PI Professor Shelley Clark chatting with a daycare owner

IDRC Women's Day 2016. Knowledge to Action: Improving Women’s Lives

To mark International Women’s Day today, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) held the event Knowledge to Action: Improving Women’s Lives. PI Professor Shelley Clark and post-doctoral fellow Stella Muthuri participated in a panel discussing the role of the care economy in women's economic empowerment.

Panel on the role of the care economy in women's economic empowerment

L-R: Arijit Nandi, Centre on Population Dynamics, Institute on Health and Social Policy, and Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health (McGill Unversity), Stella Muthuri, post-doctoral fellow, African Population and Health Research Centre, and Shelley Clark, Director, Centre on Population Dynamics and Department of Sociology, McGill University.

Stella Muthuri, postdoctoral fellow, APHRC

Stella Muthuri, postdoctoral fellow, APHRC

 

 

 

Blog and related news posts

Stella Muthuri Post-Doctoral Fellow APHRCMarch 7, 2016. Stella Muthuri, APHRC. Blog post: How women who work are held back by a lack of quality daycare in Africa

May 19, 2016. Stella Muthuri, APHRC. Blog post: PhotoVoice for Knowledge Management

 

 

Children KorogochoJuly 1, 2016. Midanna de Almada, Intern, APHRC. Blog post:  Through the eyes of mothers: A look into the challenges faced by women in Korogocho slum

 

 

 

Single mother working with 16 month old childSeptember 21, 2016. NewsDeeply. Women & Girls Hub. News article: Childcare crisis for mothers in Nairobi slums. Journalist and photographer: William Davies

 

 

 

Team members and project staff

Professor Shelley Clark, Director, Centre on Population Dynamics, McGill University

Dr. Shelley Clark, PI. Director, Centre on Population Dynamics,
Professor, Department of Sociology, McGill University and Canada Research Chair in Youth, Gender and Global Health.

Professor Sarah Brauner-Otto, Centre on Population Dynamics, McGill University

Dr. Sarah Brauner-Otto, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Centre on Population Dynamics, McGill University.

Professor Franque Grimard, Centre on Population Dynamics and Economics, McGill University

Dr. Franque Grimard Associate Professor, Department of Economics and Centre on Population Dynamics, McGill University.

Dr. Chimaraoke-Izugbara, African Population and Health Research Centre

Dr. Chimaraoke Izugbara Head, Population Dynamics and Reproductive Health, and Director, Research Capacity Strengthening, African Population and Health Research Centre.

Dr. Caroline Kabiru, African Population and Health Research Centre

Dr. Caroline Kabiru, co-PI. Research Scientist, African Population and Health Research Centre.

Sonia Laszlo, Director, Institute for the Study of International Development

Dr. Sonia Laszlo Director, Institute for the Study of International Development and Associate Professor, Department of Economics and Centre on Population Dynamics, McGill University.

Professor Claudia Mitchell, Participatory Cultures Lab

Dr. Claudia Mitchell James McGill Professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in the Faculty of Education, McGill University; Director, Participatory Cultures Lab; and Director, Institute for Human Development and Well-Being.

Dr. Stella Muthuri, African Population and Health Research Centre

Dr. Stella Muthuri, post-doctoral fellow and project manager, African Population and Health Research Center.

Milka Njeri

Ms. Milka Njeri, research assistant, African Population and Health Research Center.

Professor Phil Oxhorn, founding director, Institute for the Study of International Development

Dr. Phil Oxhorn, Associate Provost (International) and founding Director, Institute for the Study of International Development and Professor, Department of Political Science, McGill University.

 

Project Partners

African Population Health Research Centre

African Population Health Research Centre

Centre on Population Dynamics, McGill University

Centre on Population Dynamics, McGill University

Institute for the Study of International Development ISID McGill University

Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University

McGill University

McGill University

Participatory Cultures Lab, McGill University

Participatory Cultures Lab, McGill University

Project Funders

International Development Research Centre IDRC

International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

UK Aid

UK Aid (UK Department for International Development)