PROGRAM FACULTY: NEIL BOOTHBY, SARAH MEYER
“It is possible to eliminate poverty and to sharply reduce inequality by 2040.” This is the optimistic vision of Uganda’s National Development Plan II, which calls for new and collaborative approaches for investing in children as a principle means of achieving sustainable development and addressing persistent inequalities. One of the ways to do this is by intervening in the early years: to break intergenerational cycles, equalize opportunities and shift the life chances of those born into poverty.
Recognizing the importance of investing in children’s development, Neil Boothby and Sarah Meyers have launching an innovative research program through the Center for the Study of the African Child at Makerere University to inform national policy, programs and financial investments to significantly reduce the percentage of Ugandan children who will not reach their full developmental unless urgent actions are undertaken to prevent this enormous loss of human potential. One of these studies—Resilient Households—seeks to identify the key attitudes, behaviors and supportive elements of resilient households: those that provide their children with positive and supportive care and protection. The study employs a range of qualitative methodologies, including ethnography, in depth interviews, and direct observation of parent-child interactions.