The transfer of maternal and reproductive health policies in Malawi: the interface of international NGOs and local communities in problematizing and addressing adolescent pregnancies

This PhD research is part of a larger project (NGOMA) that is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and focuses on how maternal and reproductive health policy ideas travel between global, national and local levels1. This multisited ethnographic research has several sub studies, focused on interfaces in which different levels interact. This PhD research will focus on the interface of international NGOs and local communities in the implementation of maternal and reproductive health interventions aiming at reducing teenage pregnancies in Malawi. Through ethnographic fieldwork interconnections and tensions between local discourses and practices, as well as dominant global framings of maternal and reproductive health will be explored and related to wider contextual factors of ideas, interest, and power relations. By adopting a ‘global flows’ (Roalkvam, McNeill & Blume, 2013) framework that allows to explore dynamic exchanges between different levels, this study not only considers how local notions and practices are influenced by global and NGO discourses, but also how local discourses and realities are taken into account in the policies and interventions of NGOs.

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  • Anonymisering: november 2014
  • Sletting: juli 2018

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Sidsel Roalkvam

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Avdeling for samfunnsmedisin og global helse



  • Ph.d.-prosjekt

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  • Start: november 2014
  • Slutt: juli 2018
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