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Title:Kibera..., make yourself at home!: researching the community development in Nairobi's informal settlement of Kibera
Author:Smolinská, Lenka
Periodical:Modern Africa: Politics, History and Society (ISSN 2336-3274)
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:informal settlements
youth organizations
community development
External link:https://uni.uhk.cz/africa/index.php/ModAfr/article/view/47/34
Abstract:The report presents findings from research conducted on a community development in the informal settlement of Kibera in Nairobi. The research was conducted as a base for the author's Master's Thesis in the year 2006 and focused on the community-based youth organizations. Apart from observing and describing their activities the author recorded the emic perception of life in Kibera and views on poverty. She found out that the common outsiders' discourse and description of life in an impoverished settlement differs greatly from the view of its young adult inhabitants. Due to the youth's enthusiastic and indeed philosophical attitude to life the author decided to focus on the positive aspects and reveal the wealth present in Kibera. The wealth, as she tried to show, rests in the young proactive population of Kibera who are striving to be recognized and respected. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]