Capstone programmes

PARC seeks to apply new partnership models in catalysing and building an initial set of three capstone programmes of research and policy engagement that bring together relevant clusters of UoB expertise in respectful and collaborative partnerships with African research, policy and civil society actors to frame and address pressing development queries for the continent.

Underpinned by partnerships with regional and national institutions, we envisage each programme to encompass a coherent, synergistic group of interdisciplinary projects that are cross-sub-regional in scope. Our initial focus is on three substantive areas, whose importance the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown into particular relief. Across all areas, we envisage bringing to bear critical perspectives from Bristol’s work on migration and mobilities, cities and urbanisation and poverty.

Capstone One: Care systems, economies and harnessing Africa’s demographic transition

This programme will examine the case, potential and directions for developing transformative care systems at both ends of the life course: for young children and older adults. Inquiry will focus on arrangements, lived experiences, impacts and the value of such care; and on need, demand, models and potential for expanding public and paid care provisioning as a vehicle for nurturing human capacities, reducing gender inequities and expanding opportunities for decent work.

Capstone Two: Realizing Africa’s ICPD25 commitments to advance the sexual and reproductive health and the rights of the continent’s young people and women

This programme will generate evidence and knowledge required to advance and inform action to realize African countries’ commitments, affirmed during the 25 year anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development, to ensure full access to family planning, other sexual and reproductive health services, and comprehensive sexuality education for adolescents and youth; and to eliminate preventable maternal deaths and morbidities, gender based violence and harmful practices.

Capstone Three: Innovation in future management of water, sanitation and hygiene

This programme will examine the ways in which water security and management, sanitation and hygiene systems need to, and can be (re)configured across rural and urban contexts to help preserve health, including within contexts of future pandemics. Evidence generation will seek to advance and inform both policy and programming.