Bride price, poverty and domestic violence in Uganda
- Funder: British Academy
- Lead applicant: Professor Gill Hague
- Co-researchers: Ravi Thiara, Centre for the Study of Safety and Well-being, University of Warwick and Atuki Turner, Executive Director, Mifumi, Uganda
- Dates: January 2008 - June 2009
- Research centre: Violence Against Women Research Group and Family Policy and Child Welfare
This pioneering study, the first ever of its type, will investigate the practice of bride-price and its inter-relations with gender inequality and domestic violence in Uganda. Bride-price is a common practice in African countries, used to validate marriages, in which material items are paid by the groom to the bride's family.
- will use a participatory action research methodology, conceptualised as research which leads to social change in a dynamic way, using focussed cycles of planning, action and reflection. It will be based in ‘grounded theory’, developing theory through action and reflexive practice.
- is built on the belief that Western research in rural African contexts cannot be imposed but should be built in collaboration with local people. It is a pioneering and timely project combining qualitative but robust investigative research with an action research initiative.
- aims to investigate, through an action research partnership approach, the impacts of bride-price in terms of family and cultural issues and domestic violence. It will develop evidenced policy recommendations in Uganda, and contribute to national, pan-African and global debates on bride price including through international protocols and the Kampala International Declaration on bride-price.
- will develop a local action-oriented dissemination plan, including a collaboratively developed cascaded community awareness-raising programme to reach several thousand people.