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About Kristen E. Cheney

Kristen E. Cheney is Senior Lecturer of Children and Youth Studies for the International Institute of Social Studies. Dr. Cheney has participated in research, consultancy, and capacity-building projects in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East on issues from children’s rights to youth sexual and reproductive health. Her current research concerns the political economy of the ‘orphan industrial complex’ and its implications for child protection in developing countries.

Articles by Kristen E. Cheney

This week’s editor

Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The Netherlands’ proposed ban on foreign adoption and the (ab)uses of ‘scientific expertise’

The scholarly work backing a Dutch board's recommendation to ban all foreign adoptions has been attacked as 'unscientific'. Does that argument hold water?

The cognitive dissonance between child rescue and child protection

‘Saving orphans’ has become an industry that irrevocably harms children and undermines the development of child welfare systems. We must replace the drive to rescue with the desire to protect.

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