Voices of Zimbabwean Orphans: A New Vision for Project Management in Southern Africa

The voices of orphans and other vulnerable children and young people and of their carers and professional development workers are documented and analysed to both criticise the inadequacies of current social development work and to create a new, alternative theory and practice of project management in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa. This is the first extensive and intensive empirical study of Zimbabwean orphans and other vulnerable children and young people. Chronically poor children and their carers can be corrupted or silenced by management systems which fail to recognise their basic human needs. Resilience in the face of such adversity is celebrated by the dominant project management ideology and practice but is a major barrier to achieve genuine sustainable improvements in the lives of vulnerable children.

The authors, Manasa Dzirikure from the South African Development Community (Botswana) and Garth Allen from Durban University of Technology (South Africa) propose a new person-centred project management approach aimed at delivering comprehensive services for orphans, which explicitly recognises the needs of orphans and other poor children to be fully socially, politically and economically included within their communities and which avoids the reinforcement of power based inequalities and their unacceptable consequences. Dzirikure and Allen describe the moral bankruptcy of much social development work in Zimbabwe and elsewhere in Southern Africa and delineate an alternative project management policy and practice.

This book has been published in the Afrika-Studiecentrum Series, Volume 33, Brill Publishers.

Author(s) / editor(s)

Manasa Dzirikure and Garth Allen

About the author(s) / editor(s)

Manasa Dzirikure, PhD (2011), is a social development /project leader and systems thinker at the South African Development Community in Botswana. He is an expert in social policy, consensus building, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, capacity building and grants management on social development for the poor and vulnerable, children and youth.

Garth Allen is Adjunct Professor at Durban University of Technology and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa and visiting Professor at the Universidade de Lurio, Mozambique.

How to order

You can order this book at Brill publishers. Price: €46,00

ASC Leiden, 13 November 2014