Information for G03209
Drawing up a participatory youth situation analysis in Kenya (PLA 64)
The 2007 election violence in Kenya was a classic example of how young people have been caught up in destructive behaviour. This articles describes how TAMASHA (Taasisi ya Maendeleo Shirikishi Arusha, the Institute of Participatory Development Arusha) facilitated a series of workshops that enabled young people to develop a highly participatory rights based youth situation analysis. The workshops helped young people to break out of the negative and superficial stereotypes imposed on them. Using a variety of participatory tools, the young people documented youth issues from different provinces and prioritised key issues to be taken forward to a national workshop. The national youth situation analysis was successful and presented a strong and holistic document to the ministry of youth and sports. The report examined the underlying issues facing young people – and also showed how much young people can achieve when given the opportunity to do so.
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Keywords: Children, youth, young people, child rights, participatory governance.