PUBLIC LECTURE - The Orphan Industrial Complex: Global Orphan Advocacy Challenges and Opportunities Presented by Prof Kristen Cheney

The Children's Institute, University of Cape Town

Prof Kristen Cheney, University of Victoria  Targeting ‘orphans’ for particular kinds of intervention commodifies orphans and can spur 'production' of 'orphans' resulting in exploitation. RSVP to attend in person, or join online

  • Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT

Persistent narratives of ‘orphan rescue’ are driving an ‘orphan industrial complex’. Targeting ‘orphans’ for particular kinds of intervention not only commodifies orphans and orphanhood itself but—counter to its stated goal—can actually spur the “production” of “orphans”, resulting in child exploitation and trafficking. After a brief overview, Prof. Cheney will discuss recent developments in the OIC and care reform, considering the challenges and opportunities for global advocacy on behalf of children without parental care.

Kristen Cheney is a Professor in the School of Child & Youth Care at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. Prof. Cheney’s research considers the politics of international development and humanitarian intervention for children, primarily in Eastern and Southern Africa. She co- edited the Disadvantaged Childhoods and Humanitarian Intervention and authored Crying for Our Elders: African Orphanhood in the Age of HIV/AIDS.

This is a HSPCA CPD accredited event.