Participatory Action Research for Positive Change

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Female Entrepreneurship Challenge

The Female Entrepreneurship Challenge was aimed at facilitating female entrepreneurs in Nairobi slums, Kenya in co-creating together with other stakeholders ways to empower female entrepreneurs in their financial challenges.

Challenge details

The 7Senses Challenge is an intensive 12-week program for students, post-graduates and professionals. In a multi-disciplinary, international team they perform Participatory Action Research in the field to boost community empowerment while at the same time work on their own personal and professional development.

Challenge name Female Entrepreneurship Challenge
Start date March 28th 2016
Duration 12 weeks
Status Finished
Country Kenya
Coordinator Anne Braakman
Number of participants 3
Number of local researchers 2

Each Challenge design starts from a community issue, addressed by its problem owners at location. As such, we make sure the Challenge is based on local demand rather than donor demand. Together with these local stakeholders, we design the Challenge in a way that fits the local context, from the problem framing up to methodology and concept definitions.

Problem Definition
Main Research Question

Each Challenge delivers direct outcomes for the local community on the addressed issue: we can share how many people have been reached, what their perspective is on the current and desired situation and what final Community Action Plan (CAP) they have co-created and implemented. In a later stage, local stakeholders will evaluate the impact of the CAP.

The impact of this Challenge has not been measured yet. As soon as we have results of the impact measurement, it will be presented here.



Anne Braakman

Coordinator & Action Researcher
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Jacqueline van Dijck

Action Researcher
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Alice Grasveld

Action Researcher
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Laura Griffin

Action Researcher
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Nancy Wambui Nganga

Action Researcher
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John Guchua Muthoni

Action Researcher
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