2003Number of visits: 1873
Through the 2003 Child and Youth Studies Institute, African researchers are being invited to contribute to a better understanding of the consequences of the HIV/AIDS pandemic on the development of African societies in general and the younger members of the community in particular. Public policies aimed at eradicating the disease pay little attention to the extent to which the pandemic is affecting the structure of the organisation of African societies and how conversely, these societies are developing new strategies that would enable their members to survive individually and collectively, and also overcome the danger they are faced with. Children and youth, who by definition, are at the centre of the social reproduction process of the remaking of the social system. In other words, the social impact of the pandemic on the youth is producing outcomes which, at a time of generalised vulnerability, is paving the way for the reconfiguration of the social order in many African countries. From this point of view, a variety of interesting questions for further research are emerging and would be pursued within the framework of the 2003 Institute. Some of the emerging issues include the following.
Participants in the Institute will be encouraged to undertake a critical review of the literature that has been produced on children and the youth in the context of HIV/AIDS pandemic; analyse evidence emerging from field studies which they have undertaken or emanating from other sources; re-think received conceptual, theoretical and methodological tools in the light of the challenges posed by the need to develop fresh insights into the transformation of social relations and practices in the wake of the pandemic; and sharpen their own research interventions through the production of publishable reports on a given aspect of the theme of the 2003 session. In order to assist the participants in the realisation of these goals, the resources of th CODESRIA Centre for Documentation and Information (CODICE), as well as the expertise of invited resource persons will be made available to them.