Breaking Intergenerational Transmissions of Poverty: Perspectives of Street Connected Girls in Nairobi

Johnson, Vicky; Johnson, L; Magati, B.O. and Walker, D. 2016. Breaking Intergenerational Transmissions of Poverty: Perspectives of Street Connected Girls in Nairobi. In: Lesley Murray and Susan Robertson, eds. Intergenerational Mobilities: Relationality, age and lifecourse. Farnham: Ashgate. ISBN 9781472458766 [Book Section]

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This chapter draws on the life histories of young street-connected girls living in some of Nairobi’s poorest communities. The retrospective research explores, from the perspectives of girls (aged 4-19 years), what strategies have helped them to escape from abuse, crime, poverty and gender inequality on the street in their transient lives and to integrate into education. Strategies of local non-governmental organizations in partnership with government services include reaching out to girls and their families in the places where they live and work, including the local dumpsite and in street markets, providing temporary loans, skills training and information about access to services including HIV & AIDS support for family members, and creating temporary spaces away from their current situation for rehabilitation and reintegration. The analysis will examine girl’s perspectives of changing intergenerational and peer relationships as they and their families have received support, and whether they feel that strategies to improve their lives have helped to break intergenerational transmissions of poverty (Moncrieff 2009). The girls’ perceptions of vulnerability and risk have helped to form a new theory of change for the local organization Pendekezo Letu that helps to identify appropriate interventions that take into account the complexity of life in informal settlements for marginalized girls and their families.

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Street connection, street children, social protection, education, gender

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13 October 2016Published

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