ISBN 9789987080809
Pages 142
Dimensions 210 x 148 mm
Published 2011
Publisher Mkuki na Nyota Publishers, Tanzania
Format Paperback

In Search of Protection

Older People and their Fight for Survival in Tanzania

by Helmut Spitzer, Zena Mnasi Mabeyo

Older people in Tanzania are disadvantaged and marginalized in many ways. They lack adequate formal social protection. They also suffer from diminishing family and community support. They face a series of multi-faceted problems and care for most AIDS-orphans, yet they are a much neglected target group in national social policy and international development programs. This book provides a theoretical discussion of aging issues and their linkage to social protection. It depicts various policy frameworks at international, Pan-African and national level. And it provides extensive empirical findings on older people's living conditions.

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"This book lifts a corner of this invisibility, providing an informative summary of the situation of older people in Tanzania, against a backdrop of the largely ineffective global, regional and national policy environment."

About the Authors

Helmut Spitzer

Helmut SPITZER, PhD, is a Professor of Social Work at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Austria. He served as Overall Coordinator of the projects PROSOWO I (2011-2014) and PROSOWO II (2016-2018) on the promotion of professional social work in East Africa. His teaching, research and publications (in German and English) focus on international social work, social work methods, gerontological social work, children in especially difficult circumstances, crosscultural research, and social work in East Africa. The book Professional Social Work in East Africa: Towards Social Development, Poverty Reduction and Gender Equality (2014), which he published together with Janestic M. Twikirize and Gidraph G. Wairire, has become a major reference on social work in the East African region.

Zena Mnasi Mabeyo

Zena Mnasi Mabeyo was born in 1968 in Korogwe District which lies in the North-Eastern zone of Tanzania. She has background training in Social Work at the level of Advanced Diploma and also holds a Diploma in Gender Studies and a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management with specialization in Public Administration. With effect from 2008 she had enrolled herself in a PhD study program in the fi eld of Social Psychology at the Alpen-Adria- University in Klagenfurt, Austria.