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Title:Constraints facing youth groups in their endeavour to reduce poverty in Mathare slum, Nairobi
Authors:Wesonga, Pamela W.ISNI
Akong'a, Joshua J.ISNI
Musebe, Richard O.ISNI
Periodical:Mila: a Journal of the Institute of African Studies
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
Subjects:youth organizations
urban youth
social problems
informal settlements
Youth in development
Abstract:Most of Kenya's young people in urban areas live in slums, where they are exposed to economic, environmental, social and cultural hardships. These problems facing young people have led to deviant behaviour. Based on research among the poor urban youth in Mathare slum in Nairobi, Kenya, this paper looks at the role of youth groups in restoring the personal and social identity of these young people. Particularly, it focuses on the constraints these youth groups are facing in handling youth problems. The paper shows that youth groups face economic problems such as unemployment, lack of finance, equipment and facilities; social problems such as lack of formal education and housing; political problems emanating from the provincial administration, the police and youth group leaders; and environmental problems such as sanitary facilities. The paper also discusses coping strategies developed by youth as well as suggestions for improving the effectiveness of youth groups, addressing agencies such as the government, NGOs, churches, the community and youth group leaders and members. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]