Learning on Harare’s streets under Covid-19 lockdown: making a story map with street youth

Janine Hunter (Lead / Corresponding author), Shaibu Chitsiku, Wayne Shand, Lorraine van Blerk

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The Covid-19 pandemic has had disproportionate economic consequences on the urban poor; none more so than young people living on the streets. As the pandemic moves from acute to chronic phases, novel methodologies can be used to rapidly co-produce outputs and share learning opportunities with those living in urban poverty. A ‘story map’ focusing on the effects of the pandemic and lockdown was co-produced by UK researchers with street children and youth and practitioners in Harare, Zimbabwe in June 2020. Story maps are web applications combining participant-generated visual media into online templates, with multimedia content supported by narrative accounts. This story map reveals young street participants’ experiences of lockdown, including the effect on their livelihoods, sources of food and support networks. Its purpose is to tell the ‘story’ of street lives, and to provide an advocacy tool and learning resource for policy makers, academics and practitioners working with young homeless people.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
JournalEnvironment and Urbanization
Early online date22 Dec 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Dec 2020


  • COVID-19
  • pandemic
  • participatory methods
  • story maps
  • street children
  • street youth
  • visual methods
  • Zimbabwe


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