Family Caregiving of Older People in Southern African Countries

Family Caregiving of Older People in Southern African Countries

I am delighted that the International Journal of Care and Caring have approved the proposal for a special issue on Family Caregiving of Older People in Southern African Countries. The special issue, which I will be editing together with Prof. Debora Price, adopts a comparative approach to understand the political and gendered economies and cultures of informal care of older people across seven countries in Southern Africa: South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia and Namibia. The papers in the special issue will examine the support for family care in multi-layered institutional and cultural contexts across the Southern African region, seeking to explain cross-national variation by examining the interplay of need (including variations in the burden of disease) and structural factors including domestic politics and the power of civil society organisations. The special issue will contribute to knowledge of contexts and factors that deliver the best support for informal caregivers of older people. We will develop theoretical understanding of the care of older people in a global context. Moreover the special issue will contribute to knowledge generated from the South that offers a perspective that is grounded in the region in contrast to predominant theories and models from the North.