Revisiting Street Connected Girls in Nairobi

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Description of project aims

The research will also revisit 6-10 girls living in street situations, previously involved in UNGEI funded research. This would involve creative qualitative research that may include in-depth interviews, drawing, timelines, mapping, support diagrams and photo narratives. This will generate new knowledge about how these girls have balanced vulnerability and agency to interact with informal and formal social protection programmes, and how they have responded to change, including to the global COVID 19 pandemic. The analysis of previous cases alongside the new data will inform PKL’s programme across Nairobi, their interaction with civil society and government services, particularly in achieving better access to education and justice, and to address discrimination due to gender and other structural inequalities.

Vicky Johnson, carried out research funded by the UN Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) and Comic Relief in partnership with ChildHope UK and Pendekezo Letu (PKL) in Kenya. Creative methods were developed with a team of young Kenyan researchers and Social Workers from PKL to carry out research using creative and visual methods with over 100 street connected girls across informal settlements in Nairobi. Forty-eight of these girls were followed up for detailed case studies. This previous research was carried out when Dr. Johnson was at the University of Brighton and has been published by UNGEI as a case study and in a Routledge book chapter, co-authored with Kenyan and UK research colleagues. This GCRF funding supports the PI and Kenyan research lead, Okari B. Magati (OBM) from Pendekezo Letu, to lead a team to reanalyse previously collected primary data and track the way in which capacity building and evidence has affected the lives of marginalised girls, the young researchers, the national NGO Pendekezo Letu and wider policy and practice.
Effective start/end date1/11/2031/07/21


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