Participatory Action Research for Positive Change

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Location InfoHammanskraal, South Africa

Description

The Father Involvement Challenge

In communities all over the world, one finds father-child dynamics to be complex, often problematic. In South African communities, young men, women and children state to be dissatisfied with the way fathers are currently involved in the lives of their children. Strangely enough, researches on father involvement so far, rarely consider the point of view of the men and fathers themselves. Knowledge of their perspectives is necessary to be able to encourage fathers to become – and stay – involved in the lives of their children. The Father Involvement Challenge aims to contribute to the understanding of the behaviour, fears, needs and desires of men in South African communities in order to ultimately find a way to increase fathers’ involvement in the lives of their children.

Challenge details

The 7Senses Challenge is an intensive 12-week program for students, post-graduates and professionals. In a multi-disciplinary, international team they perform Participatory Action Research in the field to boost community empowerment while at the same time work on their own personal and professional development.

Challenge name Father Involvement Challenge
Start date January 8th 2018
Duration Three months
Status Finished
Country South Africa
Coordinator Laetitia Simorangkir
Number of participants Three
Number of local researchers Six

Each Challenge design starts from a community issue, addressed by its problem owners at location. As such, we make sure the Challenge is based on local demand rather than donor demand. Together with these local stakeholders, we design the Challenge in a way that fits the local context, from the problem framing up to methodology and concept definitions.

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Each Challenge delivers direct outcomes for the local community on the addressed issue: we can share how many people have been reached, what their perspective is on the current and desired situation and what final Community Action Plan (CAP) they have co-created and implemented. In a later stage, local stakeholders will evaluate the impact of the CAP. Since this project is currently running, the outcomes and impact of this Challenge are not yet clear. As soon as we have results it will be presented here.

 

Team

Laetitia Simorangkir

Coordinator & Action Researcher
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Ayda Abdan Kondori

Action Researcher
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Carine Rozema

Action Researcher
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Irmarie Luijk-de Visser

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Cynthia Rambau

Action Researcher
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Katlego Mokoena

Action Researcher
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Kgothatso Tshabalala

Action Researcher
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Nkele Maubane

Action Researcher
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Solly Maluleke

Action Researcher
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Suzan Ngobeni

Action Researcher
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