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Cheetah Generation: Youth Social Entrepreneurship in Nairobi

Muia, Christina (2016) Cheetah Generation: Youth Social Entrepreneurship in Nairobi. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Muia, Christina
Abstract:

From a young age, I have used artistic expressions to tackle social issues in Kenya and Canada, and witnessed how it can be a powerful tool in fostering social change. Whilst growing up in Kenya, I noticed a clear division between the haves and the have-nots. It was always disheartening to see those without and those struggling to make ends meet. I have always been passionate about poverty alleviation, but the question of social enterprises as a framework for poverty alleviation sparked my curiosity several years ago. This curiosity and seeking to merge my various interests was the reason I applied to the Strategic Foresight and Innovation program. I am interested in how storytelling, and ideas within development economics and design thinking can be employed within social enterprises to reduce poverty and create self-sustaining communities. My work with the United Nations, Ontario government, University of Guelph, Association for Canadian Educational Resources and Mennonite Economic Development Associates have led to some of the research questions and have significantly informed the work. I chose to focus on Kenya because it is a context that I am familiar with and would like to continue with this work in the future.

Date: 28 April 2016
Uncontrolled Keywords: youth social entrepreneurship, social enterprise, poverty, youth, Nairobi, developing countries, youth unemployment, Kenya, international development, empowerment, participation, social capital, neoliberalism, aid, NGO, foundations, government, development economics
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Strategic Foresight and Innovation
Date Deposited: 03 May 2016 19:35
Last Modified: 03 May 2016 19:35
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/523

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