Living on the Streets, Making Plans for the Future: Street Children and Youth in Three African Cities

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    Abstract

    • Like other young people, street children and youth have hopes, dreams and aspirations, but perceive their future as more immediate due to the daily search for shelter and food.
    • Street children and youth hope to attain material and symbolic signs of adult status, including starting their own family, and the respect and esteem of the wider community.
    • Their route to the future they aspire to is often unclear, hindered by a lack of shelter, identity documents, discrimination, and gender norms.
    • While acknowledging limited power, street children and youth were simultaneously optimistic and realistic about what their future may hold.
    Original languageEnglish
    TypeBriefing Paper
    Media of outputOnline
    PublisherUniversity of Dundee
    Number of pages4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 9 May 2022

    Publication series

    NameGrowing up on the Streets: Briefing Papers
    PublisherStreetInvest
    No.15

    Keywords

    • Street children/youth
    • Youth transitions
    • Future
    • Livelihoods
    • Accra
    • Ghana
    • Bukavu
    • Democratic Republic of Congo
    • Harare
    • Zimbabwe
    • Future plans
    • Hopes
    • Dreams
    • Discrimination
    • Gender norms

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