Date(s) - 10/12/2019
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


In this webinar we will learn from the results of a study recently conducted by WV Ireland in Mauritania exploring the influence grandmothers have in health and nutrition practices in the home, and child health. Dr Judi Aubel from the Grandmother Project will share from her wealth of expertise of working with grandmothers across fragile contexts. She explores their layers of influence on a range of issues including child protection, parenting, child marriage and FGM, as well as choices made by families about the welfare of children, education and child labour in fragile contexts. Judi and Bridget Aidam will present the findings of two research studies from Mauritania and Sierra Leone (soon to be published). In WV Cambodia, Grana Selvi and her team have been exploring the expansion of programming into urban settings, where young women are returning to work soon after the births of their infants, and leaving them with the grandparents at home.

Given the important role that grandmothers carry in urban & fragile contexts, we explore the implications for our work implementing the Grandmother Project, and other project models for health, nutrition and child protection. Often project evaluations have reported a lower level of impact due to older women’s resistance to adopting new practices easily, or are struggling to care for large numbers of children, and may themselves experience health and mobility issues.  The urban context presents a range of new challenges for World Vision’s health and nutrition programmes given the complex vulnerability of impoverished urban communities, where the exploitation of children for work is seen as a common way to keep families off the breadline.

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