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n Journal of Public Administration - Traditional leadership and the custodianship of the orphans and vulnerable children in Zimbabwe

Volume 55 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0036-0767

Abstract

Notwithstanding the efforts of the multi-stakeholders in orphans and vulnerable children care and support in Zimbabwe in the past two decades, the power struggles between the traditional and contemporary leadership have affected its effectiveness and output. Using a phenomenological qualitative approach, the study seeks to examine the roles of traditional leadership in orphans and vulnerable children care and support within the rural communities of Zimbabwe with the intention of integrating its relevant elements with contemporary systems. Underpinned in the traditional leadership perspective, the experiences, perceptions and views of twenty participants who include community leaders and caregivers in the Gutu District of Zimbabwe were solicited and examined. The study shows that while there is a good space for multi-stakeholder engagement in orphans and vulnerable children care and support in the rural communities, the programmes are being implemented in parallel and in a manner that does not promote synergy. The study recommends that the social workers as key stakeholders in orphans and vulnerable children care must advocate for the establishment of an integrated contextual networking that values the roles of traditional leadership within the rural communities of Zimbabwe with specific reference to Gutu District.

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2020-03-01
2020-09-21

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