Location InfoKampala, UgandaDescription
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.
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|
|Number of participants||2|
|Number of local researchers||2|
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Despite the fact that more than half of the population of Kampala lives in slum areas, the slum residents feel that not much is done to help them. During informal conversations people in the slum stated that they feel neglected, misunderstood and isolated due to a lack of skills and no social connections. In other words; they feel socially excluded from the society. This has several consequences: a lack of recognition and acceptance, powerlessness and ‘voicelessness’, economic vulnerability and diminished life experiences and limited life prospects. Also for society as a whole, the social exclusion of individuals or groups can become a major threat to social cohesion and economic prosperity (Donnelly; Coakley 2002).
The goal of this study is to facilitate the co-creation of interventions and activities with relation to art, that can form a bridge between people from the slums and people from other backgrounds, so that people from the slum feel socially included and empowered.
What art interventions, implemented at a festival, can form a bridge which will make people from the slum feel socially included and empowered?
What are the social economic differences among the citizens of Kampala?
2. What are the challenges people face in the slums?
a. Do people feel socially included?
b. What is social inclusion and how can it help tackle the challenges?
3. How can art make a difference in the lives of people living in slums?
a. Is art considered to be a tool for social inclusion?
b. Is art as a tool for social inclusion fitting for slum communities?
4. How can a festival make people feel socially included/empowered?
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. 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.
Coordinator & Action Researcher
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