Enhancing community engagement in child protection Kampala and Arusha Workshops – Highlights from the workshops

Published: 2018
Author: Community Child Protection Exchange for the Interagency Learning Initiative (ILI)

A themes-focused report back of the workshops held in Kampala and Arusha 30 Jan-01 Feb and 06 Feb-08 Feb, 2018. These workshops were designed to create the time and space for practitioners in Uganda and Tanzania to reflect deeply on aspects of their own organisation’s community-based child protection work, learn about each others’ work and other evidence and learning, and to think about how they might employ some different approaches moving forward.


How practices, and meaning, of genital cutting are changing in Tanzania

Published: 2018
Author: Hannelore Van Bavel a,b , Gily Coene c and Els Leye for "The Conversation"

Among the Maasai the circumcision of both boys and girls serves as a rite of passage from childhood to adulthood. Efforts to discourage the practice haven’t always resulted in fewer Maasai girls being cut. But new research shows that they have had an impact on the cultural meaning of the ceremonial rite of passage, as well as its context. Hannelore van Bavel, Els Leye and Gily Coene explain.

Changing practices and shifting meanings of female genital cutting among the Maasai of Arusha and Manyara regions of Tanzania

Published: 2017
Author: Hannelore Van Bavel, Gily Coene & Els Leye

A study which looked at changing practices and shifting meanings of female genital cutting among the Maasai people in Tanzania. The findings suggest that an increasing social pressure to abandon female genital cutting  has inspired thehiding of the practice, causing the actual cutting to become detached from its traditional ceremonial connotations. It advocates for more bottom approaches to support a contextually relevant approach to social change.

Parenting, Family Care and Adolescence in East and Southern Africa: An evidence-focused literature review

Published: 2016
Author: Rachel Bray and Andrew Dawes, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Based on an evidence-focused literature review, this paper examines existing knowledge on raising adolescents in East and Southern African countries, including Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

Mbinu za kuimarisha mifumo ya ulinzi wa mtoto kuanzia chini kwenda juu mbinu na: Kuangazia watoto, familia na jamii

Published: 2015
Author: Mike Wessells

KiSwahili version of “Bottom-up approaches to strengthening child protection systems: Placing children, families, and communities at the center.” This article examines an alternative approach of community-driven, bottom-up work that enables non formal–formal collaboration and alignment, greater use of formal services, internally driven social change, and high levels of community ownership. From the journal: Child Abuse & Neglect

What are the most effective early response strategies and interventions to assess and address the immediate needs of children outside of family care?

Published: 2012
Author: Neil Boothby, Mike Wessells, John Williamson,, Gillian Huebner, Kelly Canter, Eduardo Garcia Rolland, Vesna Kutlesic, Farah Bader, Lena Diaw, Maya Levine, Anita Malley, Kathleen Michels, Sonali Patel, Tanya Rasa, Fred Ssewamala, Vicki Walker

A systematic review of evidence of effective early response strategies for children outside of family care.

Kwa Wazee’s Impact assessment of Self Defense – the views of the participants

Published: 2011
Author: Kwa Wazee

A 2011 evaluation of the Kwa Wazee girl’s self-defence training initiative in Nshamba, Tanzania.

Tanzania: Linking community systems to a national model of child protection

Published: 2011
Author: Sian Long, Maestral International

This report describes a child protection system strengthening initiative that was piloted in four districts in Tanzania. The aim of the initiative was to improve the delivery of social and protective services to all children, especially the most vulnerable, with a view towards building an evidence base for an effective child protection model that can be scaled up nationally.