Africa Networking Community

Africa Networking Community2022-11-15T18:56:37-05:00

Africa Networking Community


The aim of this networking community is to bring together researchers and practitioners to foster a better understanding of work and family from the lens of African scholarship and studies of African policies, employers, communities, families and individuals.


  • To promote work-family research and practice in and from Africa
  • To raise African voices in the global work-family dialogue
  • To influence work-family policy and education
  • To serve as a resource to develop the next generation of researchers and educators in Africa


Forthcoming. Stay tuned!

Current Research

ABREFA BUSIA, K., ARTHUR-HOLMES, F., & CHAN, A. H. N. (2022). COVID-19’s silver linings: exploring the impacts of work–family enrichment for married working mothers during and after the COVID-19 partial lockdown in Ghana. Journal of Family Studies

YAKOVLEVA, N., VAZQUEZ-BRUST, D.A, ARTHUR-HOLMES, F. & ABREFA BUSIA, K. (2022). Gender equality in artisanal and small-scale mining in Ghana: Assessing progress towards SDG 5 using salience and institutional analysis and design. Environmental Science & Policy, 136: 92-102.

ARTHUR-HOLMES, F. & ABREFA BUSIA, K. (2022). Safety concerns and occupational health hazards of women in artisanal and small-scale  mining in Ghana. ​The Extractive Industry & Society, 10, [101079].

ARTHUR-HOLMES, F. & ABREFA BUSIA, K. (2022). Women, North-South migration and artisanal and small-scale mining in Ghana: motivations, drivers and socioeconomic implications. The Extractive Industry & Society, 10, [101076].

OBORO-OFFERIE, R. A. & ABREFA BUSIA, K. (2022). Spatial Geographies, Socio-Demographic Factors and Social Trust in Women’s Organisations in Africa. Women’s Studies International Forum, 92, [102593].

Jaga, A. & Guetterman, T. (2021). The value of mixed methods work-family research for humanresource management: A review and agenda. International Journal of Human Resource Management, Early online version

Gudeta, K. H., van Engen, M., Peters, P., Woldesenbet, K., Kroon, B., & Hailemariam, A. T. (2021). Longing to grow my business: The work-life interface of women entrepreneurs in Ethiopia. Palgrave Macmillan.

Mokomane, Z. (2021). Balancing care and work roles among women working in the informal sector in South Africa. International Journal of Care and Caring, 5(1), 129-147,

Mokomane, Z. (2021). Are South Africa’s childcare policies serving women’s economic participation? In A. Bosch (Ed), Women’s’ Report: Childcare as an enabler of women’s economic participation.

Jaga, A. (2020). Something new from the South: Community, work, and family in South Africa. Community, Work and Family, 27(5), 506-515

Gudeta, K., van Engen, M., Peters, P., Van Veldhoven, M., & Moors, G. (2020). Hired domestic help: Critical factor in women entrepreneurs’ life and business satisfaction in sub-Saharan countries. In M.-T. Lepeley, K. Kuschel, N. Beutell, N. Pouw, & E. L. Eijdenberg (Eds.), The wellbeing of women in entrepreneurship: A global perspective (pp. 391–402). Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.

Mabaso, B., Jaga, A., & Doherty, T. (2020). Experiences of workplace breastfeeding in a provincial government setting: a qualitative exploratory study among managers and mothers in South Africa. International Breastfeeding Journal

Stumbitz, B. & Jaga, A. (2020). A Southern encounter: Maternal body work practices among low-income mothers in South Africa. Gender, Work & Organization, 27(6), 927-1510,

Featured Member Profile

Kwaku Abrefa Busia

Dr. Kwaku Abrefa Busia is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research cuts across sociology, social policy, local development studies and socio-developmental issues in Africa. His research interests include work-family intersections especially in the African context, gender and women’s studies, local governance and development as well as higher education and student politics in Africa. Kwaku recently completed his PhD in Sociology and Social Policy at Lingnan University (Hong Kong) as a Hong Kong PhD Fellowship awardee. He also holds a MPhil in African Studies from the University of Cambridge and a MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Oxford. His PhD thesis investigated married working women and the work-family interface in urban Ghana using a holistic approach. Some important contributions of the holistic approach include consideration for intervening factors (e.g., vehicular traffic challenges and workers’ mobilities) as sources of work-family conflict and enrichment, use of mixed method design, use of a heterogenous representative sample that captures the work-family experiences of under-researched informal sector women and a conceptualisation of a socio-materialist interactionist framework affecting individuals’ work-family intersections. He serves as a member of the Nomination sub-committee and Diversity, Equality and Inclusion sub-committee of the WFRN. Kwaku recently received the Best Conference Poster Presentation Award following the 6th Biennial WFRN Conference (23-25 June 2022) in New York City.


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