Informations et ressources scientifiques
sur le développement des zones arides et semi-arides

Accueil du site → Master → Pays Bas → 2019 → Why not count ? : selective state strategies and birth registration in Senegal

University of Amsterdam (2019)

Why not count ? : selective state strategies and birth registration in Senegal

Richetta Cecile

Titre : Why not count ? : selective state strategies and birth registration in Senegal

Auteur : Richetta Cecile

Université de soutenance : University of Amsterdam

Grade : MA Thesis Research Master Social Sciences 2019

Résumé
In 2015 worldwide, one child out of three below the age of five did not have his or her birth registered by the state (AbouZahr et al., 2015, p.1374). While the literature has researched the individual level determinants of registration, Public Health and Development scholars have overlooked the role of states’ presence and strategies at the subnational level. I argue that states in Africa have discriminatory selective incentives for registration, despite its advantages for populations and governments alike. My research theorizes the existence of subnational patterns of state presence and selective strategies, and quantitively illuminates the effect of caring, repressive and gatekeeping strategies on birth registration. My case study of Senegal reveals that the state’s strategies selectively increases or decreases registration rates in different districts. This research is located at the intersection of comparative politics and public health. It contributes to academia by theorizing and modelling the effect of selective strategies in Africa, thus filling a gap in the current literature and helping scholars move forward. It also makes a societal contribution thanks to the policy-implications of my findings.

Présentation

Version intégrale

Page publiée le 14 avril 2021