The use of the 'OVC' term and its impact on the care and support of children in need in South Africa

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dc.contributor.advisor Liebenberg, Linda
dc.coverage.spatial South Africa
dc.creator Spence, Maeve C.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-29T11:04:18Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-29T11:04:18Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.other HV1350.5 S64 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/23835
dc.description vi, 178 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm. en_CA
dc.description Includes abstract.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 148-171).
dc.description.abstract The term 'orphans and vulnerable children' ('OVC') represents a shift from a focus on 'AIDS orphans' to the inclusion of other vulnerable children affected by the pandemic. However, with no clear framework of inclusion or exclusion, the term remains open to interpretation. This study seeks to determine how the 'OVC' term is being used by policymakers and service providers despite the absence of a clear framework for OVC and how this impacts intervention for children in need in South Africa. OVC-related documents by the South African government, international development agencies and non-governmental organizations are analyzed, and compared to interviews conducted with front-line staff of a participating organization. Its results indicate that the term's interpretation focuses on children directly affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, orphans and/or children living with an ill parent, at the exclusion of the larger number of children made vulnerable by their socio-economic situations. As such, this thesis recommends that the interpretation of OVC should shift from its focus on particular categories of children to a focus on children's needs. en_CA
dc.language.iso en en_CA
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University en_CA
dc.subject.lcc HV1350.5
dc.subject.lcsh Orphans -- South Africa -- Social conditions
dc.subject.lcsh Orphans -- South Africa -- Services for
dc.subject.lcsh Children of AIDS patients -- South Africa -- Social conditions
dc.subject.lcsh Children of AIDS patients -- South Africa -- Services for
dc.subject.lcsh Poor children -- South Africa -- Social conditions
dc.subject.lcsh Poor children -- South Africa -- Services for
dc.title The use of the 'OVC' term and its impact on the care and support of children in need in South Africa en_CA
dc.type Text en_CA
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in International Development Studies
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline International Development Studies Program
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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