Global health anthropology
NRC-NORGLOBAL Research Project 2016-19


A) Dynamics between global and national discourses on fertility control and abortion

Main content

Research questions evolve around the global policies produced by the UN system and by central global civil society actors within the field of fertility control and abortion, and how these intersect with or contradict national policies and legislation in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia:

  • What are the main normative messages underpinning global policies and the campaigns of global civil society actors within the field of fertility control and abortion?
  • How have national stakeholders engaged in global policy processes and in what ways are global normative messages reflected in national policies on fertility control and abortion?
  • What is the gap between global rights discourse and national policies and strategies pertaining to fertility control and abortion in the three countries?

Focus: This sub-project consists of 1) a study of the global policy discourse on fertility control and abortion and its articulation within national policy, identifying processes of reservations and endorsements and underlying discourses about men’s and women’s roles in reproductive processes, motherhood, sexuality, the status of the foetus, and 2) a comparative analysis of the law texts on and operational policy texts on abortion.

Methods: Institutional ethnography studying text- based materials plus qualitative interviews with key stakeholders at national level.