Journal of Social Development in Africa

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Vol. 28, No. 1, 2013

Social Development, Population and Health Issues
The current issue of the Journal ofSocial Development in Afi'ica (JSDA) is sponsored by the North-West University's Research Niche Area Population and Health, with assistance from the School of Research and Postgraduate Studies. The generous grant made...
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Introduction to the Special Issue
The idea of producing a Special Issue of an accredited journal was discussed and agreed by a special meeting of the Research Niche Area 'Population and Health' (RNAPH) in May 2012. RNAPH is a research entity housed in the Faculty of Human and Social...
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Determinants of Age at First Marriage in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Comparative Study of Uganda and South Africa
AbstractMarriage has traditionally been early and universal in sub-Saharan Africa and this has been blamed for high fertility and the failure to achieve most MDGs including the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, achieving the goal of universal...
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Developmental Local Governance and Service Delivery in South Africa: Progress, Achievements and Challenges
AbstractWith the advent of a political democratic dispensation in 1994, the South African Government faced a host of daunting developmental challenges inherited from the apartheid regime. Local government, which constitutes the third sphere of governance...
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Migration into Rustenburg Local Municipality between 1996 and 2001
AbstractThe paper examines the pattern and nature ofmigration into the Rustenburg area in the North West Province, South Africa. It is important to gain an understanding of the processes of internal migration within South Africa in general and Rustenburg...
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Determinants of Age at First Marriage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
AbstractTiming of marriage has a various socioeconomic and demographic implications. In a non-contraceptive society entry into marriage at an early age increases the number of children a woman would have at the end of her reproductive life while the...
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Psychological Predictors of Perceived Quality of Life among People Living with HIV and AIDS in South West Nigeria
AbstractThis study examined the dynamics of perceived social support and self-esteem in predicting perception of quality of life among People Living with HIVAIDS (PLWHA) in South West Nigeria. One hundred andfifty nine (159) PLWHA selected using the...
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Factors Influencing High Dropout Rates of Girl Child from Education: A Case Study of Black Women in North West Province, South Africa
AbstractProgress in education of the girl child in sub-Saharan Africa in general and South Africa in particular has been impeded by the high rates of school dropout, which occurrence has implications for the attainment of the MDGs, particularly eradication...
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Street Children in Mafikeng, North-West Province: A Qualitative Study of Social Experiences
AbstractThe general perception, on the part of South African society, is that street children are a major social menace. Yet the reality is that, street children are a vulnerable group that suffer both psychological and physical- violence including sexual...
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Do Religious Beliefs Influence Use of Contraception among Currently Married Women in Nigeria?
AbstractThe relationship between religious beliefs and use of contraception may van> from one country to another depending on how homogenous a country is or whether different religious groups do exist and are well- represented. The paper examines...
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Vol. 27, No. 2, 2012

Social Development and the Concept of Vulnerability
The term vulnerability has gained currency, especially in socioeconomic development literature, over the years. This is despite the fact that it is a concept that is extremely difficult to assess or measure. What makes it complex is the fact that its...
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Understanding the Experiences and Challenges of Child-Headed Households and the Role of Social Grants in South Africa
ABSTRACTResearch conducted in South Afi'ica in the past two decades has played a key role in understanding the experiences and challenges of children living in child-headed households (CHH). The government of South Afi'ica has taken steps to address...
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Financing Children's Programmes Post-The Economic Downturn in Botswana
ABSTRACTThis paper sought to investigate financing challenges that local government councils in Botswana were likely to face as a result of budget and expenditure cuts in 2012 and beyond, in the light of the economic downturn. Using the case study design,...
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Strategies for Improving the Economic Status of Female-Headed Households in Eastern Zimbabwe: The Case for Adopting the IAR4D Framework's Innovation Platforms
ABSTRACTThe study was conducted in seven districts in Maniealand and Mashonaland East Provinces of Zimbabwe. It sought to analyse the situation offemale smallholder farmers with a view to determining innovative strategies that could be employed to improve...
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Access to Land in the Anglophone Regions of Cameroon: Challenges and Prospects
ABSTRACTThe world over, issues of equal access and control of land have constituted a contentious and perennial problem. In Cameroon as elsewhere in Afi'ica the subject of access to land has been an issue of major concern. Cameroon is divided into two...
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Livelihood Activities of Migrants from Ghana's Northern Regions Resident in the Obuasi and Techiman Municipalities
ABSTRACTWith migration being one of the strategies adopted for poverty reduction, livelihood activities of migrants have become a topic of particular interest. One of the key issues relates to whether at destination migrants maintain the same livelihood...
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An Overview of Theories on Child Maltreatment and Their Applicability to Zimbabwean Society
ABSTRACTChild maltreatment has become an issue of immense concern across the globe. Literatare is unequivocal about the deleterious effects and consequences of child maltreatment on the social development and other life domains of the survivors. This...
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Masvingo City's SIMBI Iron Ore Processing Plant: Socioeconomic Benefits versus Environmental Threats
ABSTRACTMasvingo City 's iron ore-processing plant (SIMBI Pvt Ltd) was established in 2004 as the city's only heavy industry. It delivers sponge iron, coal, steel and oxygen to consumers across Zimbabwe and exports a substantial tonnage of sponge iron...
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Vol. 27, No. 1, 2012

Social Development and Sustainable Development in Zimbabwe
The current issue of the Journal of Social Development in Africa (JSDA) is a special edition which is a result of growing collaboration between the JSDA and the Organisation for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA) that provided...
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Introduction: The Shifting Sands of Natural Resource Management in Zimbabwe
BackgroundZimbabwe's economy, like those of many other developing countries, is heavily dependent on the exploitation of its natural resources, which include minerals, forests, land, water and wildlife. This underscores the need for a fine balance to...
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Interface between Research, Development and Local Actors in Enhancing Sustainable Forest Resources Management: Lessons from Chimanimani District, Zimbabwe
ABSTRACTEnvironmental sustainability is a key area of focus in academic and development circles mainly because of the role that the environment plays in sustaining livelihoods. For sustainable environmental stewardship to occur in areas such as forest,...
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Struggles within a Struggle: Gender and Land Reform Experiences in Chimanimani District, Zimbabwe
ABSTRACTThis paper is based on the findings of a two year action research project conducted in Chimanimani district in the eastern part of Zimbabwe, during 2009 and 2010. It examines the struggles for land by excluded women (and some men) in this district,...
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Towards Empowered Stakeholder Participation in Water Resource Management in Zimbabwe
ABSTRACTThis paper considers why stakeholder institutions mandated to manage water resources in Zimbabwe in a participatory manner, have failed to perform according to expectations. A central argument of the paper is that this failure is because of the...
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Internalising a Crisis? Household Level Response to Water Scarcity in the City of Harare, Zimbabwe
ABSTRACTIn the last quarter of 2008, Zimbabwe grabbed international news headlines because of a cholera outbreak that was said to be the worst in Africa in 15 years. The outbreak was attributed to inadequate and poor quality of domestic water at household...
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Crossing the Thin Line: Dynamics of Promotion of Conservation Agriculture in the Smallholder Farming Sector in the Southwest of Zimbabwe
ABSTRACTIn the southwest part of Zimbabwe, conservation agriculture has been widely promoted as a 'one-size-fits-all' intervention strategy. While the shortcomings of this approach have been well documented, it is noteworthy that use of this approach...
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Region Building in Southern Africa: Progress, Problems and Prospects
Saunders, C., Dzinesa, G. A. & Nagar, D. 2012. Eds. Region Building in Southern Africa: Progress, Problems and Prospects. New York: Zed Books. 350 pages. ISBN 978 1 78032 179 0 hb and or ISBN 978 1 78032 178 0 pb. Price not indicated.The book under...
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Combating Greenhouse Gas Emissions in a Developing Country: A Conceptualisation and Implementation of Carbon Tax in Zimbabwe
ABSTRACTThis paper examines how the government of Zimbabwe conceptualized and has implemented the carbon tax legislation that was designed to combat greenhouse gas emissions across the country. The tax was based on the application of the 'polluter pays'...
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Social Work and Social Development: Theories and Skills for Developmental Social Work
Midgley, J and Conley, A. Eds. 2010. Social Work and Social Development: Theories and Skills for Developmental Social Work. New York: Oxford University Press. 236 pages. Price: Not Indicated. ISBN 978-0-19-973232-6 (Hardback).Social workers globally,...
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Indigenous Research Methodologies
Chilisa, B. 2012. Indigenous Research Methodologies. Los Angeles: Sage Publication Inc.343 pages. Price: Not Indicated. ISBN 978-1-4129-5882-0 9 (bpk).This single authored book critiques the dominant Euro-Western research paradigm and calls for decolonization...
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