What kenyan youth want and why it matters for peace

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The international aid community presents education and employment programs as the keys to mitigating youth participation in violence. Yet, existing evidence suggests that faith in such programs may be misplaced. This study investigates this disconnect between faith and evidence. It argues that education and employment programs are commonly built on an economically-focused dominant discourse that makes presumptions about youth and their interests. Based on qualitative research with youth in Nairobi, Kenya, it further argues that this dominant discourse overlooks self-identity and social connectedness factors that are crucial to youth, as well as the limitations imposed by governance and structural conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)134-157
Number of pages24
JournalAfrican Studies Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018


  • Aspirations
  • Conflict
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Opportunity costs
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology


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