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Creating a Safe Haven - Understanding experiences of youth’s participation in Kibera –Kenya.

Vanat, Fatema LU (2016) SIMV30 20161
Graduate School
Master of Science in Development Studies
School of Social Work
Abstract
This study explores the experiences of youth’s participation in a youth-led organisation in Kibera, Kenya. The aim of the study is to interpret and understand the meaning youth attribute to their participation in such an organisation. The study is based on an inductive approach, where data is categorized in themes and explored through concepts like identity, and citizenship. The data was collected through participatory observations as well as semi-structured interviews. The analysis shows how, in practice, multiple and sometimes unexpected factors can influence the youth’s participation in the organisation. It confirms several of the benefits of participation discussed by previous research in the field but also demonstrates how the... (More)
This study explores the experiences of youth’s participation in a youth-led organisation in Kibera, Kenya. The aim of the study is to interpret and understand the meaning youth attribute to their participation in such an organisation. The study is based on an inductive approach, where data is categorized in themes and explored through concepts like identity, and citizenship. The data was collected through participatory observations as well as semi-structured interviews. The analysis shows how, in practice, multiple and sometimes unexpected factors can influence the youth’s participation in the organisation. It confirms several of the benefits of participation discussed by previous research in the field but also demonstrates how the organisation provides a safe haven and a sense of belonging for the participating youths. However, the need of a safe place for youth, protected from the insecurities of the surrounding society appears to be contradictive to the underlying idea of participation in society that drives youth-led organisations. (Less)
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author
Vanat, Fatema LU
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organization
course
SIMV30 20161
year
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
Youth, Kibera, participation, citizenship, identity formation
language
English
id
8884372
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2016-06-27 11:25:59
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  abstract     = {This study explores the experiences of youth’s participation in a youth-led organisation in Kibera, Kenya. The aim of the study is to interpret and understand the meaning youth attribute to their participation in such an organisation. The study is based on an inductive approach, where data is categorized in themes and explored through concepts like identity, and citizenship. The data was collected through participatory observations as well as semi-structured interviews. The analysis shows how, in practice, multiple and sometimes unexpected factors can influence the youth’s participation in the organisation. It confirms several of the benefits of participation discussed by previous research in the field but also demonstrates how the organisation provides a safe haven and a sense of belonging for the participating youths. However, the need of a safe place for youth, protected from the insecurities of the surrounding society appears to be contradictive to the underlying idea of participation in society that drives youth-led organisations.},
  author       = {Vanat, Fatema},
  keyword      = {Youth,Kibera,participation,citizenship,identity formation},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Creating a Safe Haven - Understanding experiences of youth’s participation in Kibera –Kenya.},
  year         = {2016},
}