The Orphan Industrial Complex in Uganda: How Good Intentions Fueled a Child Protection Crisis

October 15, 2019
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
McMillan Hall, Room 150, Danforth Campus

The Global Health Visiting Speaker Series brings experts from around the world to Washington University in St. Louis to speak on global health topics.

This event is free and open to everyone.

Kristen Cheney, PhD
Associate Professor, Children & Youth Studies, International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands

Dr. Cheney’s research focuses on children’s survival strategies amidst difficult circumstances and the politics of humanitarian intervention for such children, mainly in Eastern and Southern Africa. Her most recent research examines the impact of the global ‘orphan industrial complex’ -including orphan tourism, childcare institutions, and inter-country adoption practices- on child protection in developing countries. Her work takes an explicitly child-centered approach that considers how children experience and respond to the various hegemonic institutional and structural elements of global and local development practices.

Event Sponsors: Global Health Center at the Institute for Public Health, Department of Anthropology, Center for Human Rights, Gender and Migration at the Institute for Public Health, International Center for Child Health and Development