Current Institutional Affiliation
Graduate Assistant, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon

Award Information

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship 2017
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana
Changing Cultures of Care in Ghana: The Commercialization of Childcare and its impact on development in neoliberal urban Accra

Ghana's quest to undo the colonial legacy of underdevelopment appears be met with serious impediments. Thus, over five decades of political independence, the country continues to suffer from high mortality and, illiteracy rate, poor sanitation and squalid living conditions, and corruption. In the face of these challenges, children face a major challenge as childcare has taken a different turn under Ghana's neoliberal regime. The commercialization of childcare has had a mixed effect on both children and parents, and in consequence casting a glooming picture on Ghana's development agenda. As an ethnographic study, in-depth interviews, focused group discussion, and non-participant observation would constitute the main methodology of collecting data for the study. Using purposive and snowball sampling techniques, the study would identify and engage parents, duty bearers, caregivers, and agents of institutions that provide caregivers in a discourse on the changing trends in childcare in Ghana. overall, the study would contribute to the intellectual and popular discourses on the changing trends in the family in Africa.