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Collaborative role of government with key stakeholders in the provision of quality early childhood development in Zambia

Chivweta, Silvia (2014) Collaborative role of government with key stakeholders in the provision of quality early childhood development in Zambia. Masters by Coursework thesis, Murdoch University.

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This thesis investigates the role that the government should play to enhance Early Childhood Development (ECD) collaboration in Zambia. The government as a duty bearer of a nation has a major responsibility to ensure that it develops policies and programmes that enhance collaboration among the various ECD stakeholders, such as parents, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and international donors. I have argued that collaboration in ECD is possible if certain measures are put in place. These measures include improved government commitment towards ECD, better leadership, improved governance to ensure transparency and accountability, enhanced government engagement with key stakeholders such as CSOs, the parents, donors, and the formation of networks and coalitions. Communication and information is also a key factor to enhancing collaboration because people need to understand ECD and why they need to give it the attention. It is important that in seeking these reforms the focus should not only be on the gaps and challenges but focus should also be on what is already working and how to make it better using the existing structures and models that are in place. The theoretical framework that has been used is the Bronfenbrenner (1979) Ecological Theoretical Framework, a theory that examines the influences of the environment in which children live. I have also argued that as much as it is the responsibility of the government to coordinate ECD, there is need for non-state actors to become pro-active and advocate for ECD policies and programmes and make the government accountable if change has to occur. The donor agencies should also be firm and give conditions that funds allocated for ECD should include the aspect of collaboration.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters by Coursework)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs
Supervisor(s): Hutchison, Jane and Hesterman, Sandra
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