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, this study 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)
Title of host publicationEducation and Development
Subtitle of host publicationOutcomes for Equality and Governance in Africa
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9783030405663
ISBN (Print)9783030405656
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • General Social Sciences


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