Africa, as many of you will know, is the youngest of all world regions, blessed with a huge population of children and youth. But now I would like you to picture...
Through their various intergenerational roles within families or communities –such as caregivers or guardians of grand- or foster children– older people in SSA directly shape the capabilities of children and youth. We research the nature, extent and development impacts of older people’s intergenerational impacts on the human, social and cultural capital of younger generations.
‘Generativity’ – an explicit concern and drive to nurture, guide and ensure the well-being of future generations, toward ultimately leaving a lasting legacy – is posited as a universal and feature of later life, with important implications for approaches to harness population aging. Yet, understanding of its existence and function in societies outside of the global North remains patchy at best.
This project will begin to interrogate conceptions and experiences of ‘generativity’ in two different and ethnically diverse low-resource urban contexts, namely specific slum communities in Nairobi and Mumbai. Findings will support the development of incisive, larger-scale multi-country research to help build a solid evidence base on the relevance- and potential application of generativity in low- and middle-income country contexts, specifically in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
PROJECT PERIOD: November 2017 – August 2019