Participatory Action Research for Positive Change

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Location InfoKampala, Uganda


The Street Angels Challenge

Slum dwellers of Kampala claimed that they feel neglected by government and other people outside the slums. Grassroots organisation Street Angels Uganda approached us to conduct Participatory Action Research with them on ways to increase connectivity between people inside and outside the slum. We facilitated the process in which the Street Angels co-created with slum dwellers the ‘Street Angels Slum Festival’, based on local needs and locally proposed solutions. Through several arts-based activities, such as community painting, arts galleries, the ‘garbage collecta’ and music performance, people from in- and outside the slums got connected. Slum dwellers now claim to feel more accepted and have more chances to develop themselves. Stichting DOEN has supported this project with €5.500,-. In 2015 a new Slum Festival was organized and the growing concept comes back yearly since.

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 Street Angels Challenge
Start date June 30th 2014
Duration 10 weeks
Status Finished
Country Uganda
Coordinator Madelon Eelderink
Number of participants 2
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
Sub Questions

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.

Current situation (baseline) according to local stakeholders
Desired situation according to local stakeholders
Co-created solution

The impact of this Challenge has not been measured yet. However, Street Angels Uganda stated late 2017 that the Street Angels Slum Festival is becoming bigger and bigger in Kampala each year. Their community people claim to feel more empowered, socially included, they feel proud of their area and talents are being developed, which gives them better chances on the labor market.



Madelon Eelderink

Coordinator & Action Researcher
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Jolijn Polet

Action Researcher
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Nathallie Vennik

Action Researcher
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Daniel Sentamu

Action Researcher
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Andrew Lubega

Action Researcher
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Sustainable Development Goals

Challenge Reports

Each Challenge delivers one or more reports. Read here all detailed information on the PAR methodology and outcomes of this Challenge.