OPHI researchers collect new data on Social Isolation

An OPHI team was in Mozambique and South Africa from 24 July to 17 August 2013 to carry out fieldwork for OPHI’s Missing Dimensions of Poverty module on Shame, Humiliation and Social Isolation.

OPHI researchers Diego Zavaleta and China Mills and OPHI Scholar in Residence Kim Samuel carried out cognitive interviews, in-depth semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions with communities in Soweto and Grabouw (South Africa) and Xai Xai and Chibuto (Mozambique). The team will be returning later in the year to conduct a second tier of fieldwork. The data from both sets of interviews will be forthcoming in an OPHI Research in Progress publication and will be used to revise the survey module on Social Isolation developed by the team.

The research was conducted in partnership with the Synergos Institute (U.S.A and Southern Africa), the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and the National Association of Child Care Workers (NACCW) in South Africa, and the Foundation for Community Development (FCD) and the Recontro organisation in Mozambique.

Read more about the Missing Dimension module on Shame, Humiliation and Social Isolation, including the surveys and background papers here