Pan African Research: Growing up on the Streets

Award winning longitudinal, participatory research project.

This research project has given a voice to 198 street-connected youth over three years, in three African cities: Accra in Ghana, Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Harare, in Zimbabwe.

The research aimed to challenge the binary view that children are at risk ‘on’ the streets but safe ‘off’ them. It reveals the complexity of life and choices available to young people in these three cities, and seeks to better inform both practical interventions and policy.

The research is lead by the University of Dundee. StreetInvest hold auspices over the project and our late Co-founder, Patrick Shanahan, was a Research Director.

Awards

  • MRS President’s Medal: 2015. The President's Medal is awarded annually to an organisation or individual that has made an extraordinary contribution to research. StreetInvest was chosen as the winner by President of MRS, Dame Dianne Thompson, Chair of MRS Richard Silman and CEO of MRS Jane Frost.

  • Stephen Fry Award for Public Engagement, Project of the Year: 2017. The annual Stephen Fry Award recognises the work of outstanding staff and students in communicating University of Dundee's research and practice to a wider audience.

The Story Map

The Story Map is a innovative, immersive, visual representation of the findings from the Growing up on the Streets project. In May 2017 the 'Story Mappers' - street-connected youth working as researchers - went into the streets and informal settlements of Accra. They took photos and videos on tablets provided by the project, that they felt helped to explain and represent the lives of their peers. Click on the link to explore their stories, in their own words and through their eyes. 

Go to the Story Map

Acknowledgments

Special thanks to Backstage Trust for their investment in Growing up on the Streets

Academic Team

  • Patrick Shanahan - Co-Founder of StreetInvest (D), Former Research Director
  • Wayne Shand - Manchester University, Research Director                               
  • Prof. Lorraine Van Blerk - University of Dundee, Research Director
  • Janine Hunter – University of Dundee, Researcher, Data Coding and Analysis

Country Project Managers

  • Thomas D'Aquin - PEDER - Democratic Republic of Congo, Bukavu
  • Shaibu Chitsiku - Street Empowerment Trust - Zimbabwe Harare
  • Selassy Gbeglo - Catholic Action for Street Children and Street Girls Aid - Ghana, Accra