Eldoret, 01 October, 2019 / 1:33 am (ACI Africa).
A participant at last week’s three-day annual writers’ conference at a Kenya-based Catholic institution who presented a research paper based on a review of literature has identified lack of funds and time to conduct empirical research as reasons that informed the decision.
“I wanted to do hospital chaplaincy but I thought of the financial implications and I said it's going to be difficult,” Ugandan-born Florence Nassiwa told ACI Africa, regretting the decision to drop a topic that directly related to the conference theme.
“Very few researches were field research … I think everyone is in a position to give reasons why he could not go to the field but I think one of the issues is the finances,” Mrs. Nassiwa recalled the possible justifications for the failure to present research papers with data.
She presented a paper based on a reflection on her country of origin titled “Perceptions on health risks associated with climate variability in Kampala district, Uganda.”
Juggling between “work, family and writing” are some of the factors that the lecturer in the faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) said have to be put into consideration before a researcher goes to the field to gather data for empirical studies.