Recoup Theme 1 Presentation Oct 08

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  • 1. RECOUP Theme 1: three linked projects on human and social outcomes Consortium Advisory Group Meeting, Cambridge, 15 October 2008

2. Situation of Theme 1 qualitative projects0= Yet to start data collection1= Data collection in process 2= Data collection completed, preliminary analysis under way 3= Analysis on-going, output available 0 1 2 0 Disability, Education & Poverty [DEPP] 0 2 0 2 Youth, Gender & Citizenship [YGC] 2 0 3 1 Health & Fertility [H&F] Pakistan Kenya India Ghana Project 3. Published outputs from RECOUP work:

  • Health and Fertility [H&F]
    • 2 working papers (India, Pakistan)
  • Disability, Education and Poverty [DEPP]
    • 2 working papers (General, India)
    • Journal article (India, inEcon. & Pol. Weekly)
    • Accepted journal article (India, inAPDRJ,2009)
    • Policy Brief (General)
  • Youth, Gender and Citizenship [YGC]
    • Accepted journal article ( Compare,on African and Indian gender theory)
    • Introduction to Special Issue ( Compare )


  • Aslam, M., Kingdon, G. and S. Malik, Maternal Education and Child Health Understanding the Pathways in Pakistan, mimeo, CSAE, May 08
    • In Pakistan, testing relationships between maternal schooling and
      • child health outcomes ( child height, weight and arm-circumference)
      • parental health-seeking behaviour(immunisation status of children)
    • Looks at the pathways through which maternal education has its impact on child health/ health-seeking behaviour
    • Only maternal health knowledge helps explain immunisation status for young children, and mothers education has a direct positive effect only in determining younger childrens heights
    • Further quantitative-qualitative work is planned

One quantitative draft paper on theme 1 5. Other RECOUP Theme 1 outputs

  • Edited book:Gender, Education and Equality in a Global Context(Arnot & Fennell, 2008) with 5 chapters by RECOUP members
  • Edited special journal issue:Gendered education and national development (Arnot & Fennell,Compare38, 5, 2008) 3 articles by RECOUP members
  • Book:Degrees Without Freedom(Jeffrey, Jeffery & Jeffery, 2008)
  • Refereed journal article: Disputing Contraception: Muslim Reform, Secular Change & Fertility,Modern Asian Studies,(Jeffery, Jeffery & Jeffrey, 2008).

6. Research capacity development

  • PhD students:
    • Four funded RECOUP students;
    • Two students linked to use RECOUP data;
    • Four students in Cambridge associated to RECOUP themes
  • Qualitative Research Skills Manual launched as an open web-based resource
  • Building of qualitative social research capacity in all partners.
  • Development of capacity of Northern team members in researching poverty in the South

7. KenyaMidterm Dissemination Workshop

  • Health and Fertility
    • Issues around the relationships between education and health and fertility outcomes for the poor, Jeffery
  • Disability, Education and Poverty
    • Testing transitions: the lives of young people with disabilities in Kenya, Mugo & Singal.
  • Youth, Gender and Citizenship
    • Being young, Kenyan and gendered Ruto, Ndiritu, & Arnot
    • Conceptualising poverty and well-being in the context of education Wawire,Wainaina, Chege, & Arnot
    • Citizenship education and political engagement: voices of Kenyan youth Chege, Wawire & Arnot

8. IndiaMidterm Dissemination Workshop

  • H&F
    • Another Look into the Education-Fertility Black Box: Insights from qualitative and quantitative RECOUP research by Clare Noronha, Roger Jeffery & ANO
  • DEPP
    • Education for better life: the undelivered promise of education for people with disabilities by Nidhi Singal & ANO.

9. GhanaMidterm Dissemination Workshop

  • YGC
    • Youth Citizenship, National Unity and Poverty Alleviation: East and West African approaches, Arnot, Casely-Hayford, Chege, Dovie, and Wainaina,
    • Growing up modern in Ghana: Educationaloutcomes, social class and social transition, Casely-Hayford, Dovie, Sackey, and Arnot.
    • The making of a Ghanaian Citizen: the role of education among urban youth, Dovie, Casely-Hayford, Hettey, and Arnot.
    • The effects of education among rural youth in Northern Ghana: an intergenerational perspective, Salifu,Musah. and Iddrisu

10. Some of our plans for 2008-09

  • Reports on qualitative projects: e.g.
    • Ghana, YGC (Nov 2008)
    • India, DEPP (Nov 2008)
    • Pakistan, H&F (Nov 2008)
  • Analysis of household survey data on disability, its correlates and consequences, India and Pakistan
  • Publications linking Quantitative/Qualitative data
  • Other Publications
    • Researching Education in the South(Edited book)
    • Youth Gender and Citizenship in East & West Africa(Edited book)
    • Doing Disability Research (Article)

11. UKFIET 2009 papers

  • Three Symposia
    • Disability symposium 14 invited papers
    • RECOUP symposium: three papers
      • (a) Transitions to adulthood,
      • (b) Health & Fertility in Pakistan,
      • (c) Gender & Citizenship in Kenya
    • Symposium on Youth Citizenship and the Politics of Belonging: young people's views of educational politics, policies and practices (open stream)

12. Lessons learned: 1

  • Qualitative projects are hard to keep to planned 6-month periods
    • Translation and transcription: dilemmas here are more intransigent than we expected
    • Identification of sample takes longer than expected (people with disabilities, getting intergenerational interviews)
    • Writing time not built into the plan

13. Lessons learned: 2

  • Serious delays as a result of political conflict in Kenya and Pakistan (loss of community trust, sample, danger for researchers)
  • Electronic communications with Southern partners are hard to maintain, especially in Africa
  • Communities have shown research fatigue related to lack of definite collective or individual rewards for taking part

14. High-points

  • Model structure of three interactive research training workshops (on data collection and transcribing, Atlas.ti, and data analysis and report writing) for each country team on Theme 1 projects as they rolled out
  • Photographic research very popular in Kenya, with IT training of youth and community members.
  • DEPP working paper to be included in the World BanksDisability Knowledge Kit, tentatively titled,Inter-Agency Disability Knowledge Base
  • Collaborative South-South authorship: Kenya and Ghana teams writing joint YGC working paper, matched design of journal articles,and prospect of joint authorship of a book

15. Helping to redefine the terms of debates

  • Reconceptualising outcomes
  • Reconceptualising methods
  • Reconceptualising processes
  • Representing the voices of young stakeholders