Creating Conversations

In early 2015, after 18 of our Kwacha youth received a three-day intensive professional qualitative community-based research training, six youth partnered with our Organization Development Advisor, Laura Ann Chubb, as part of her PhD research at the University of Auckland. Together, this research team underwent additional skills training in qualitative methods and data analysis, to conduct and document a community action research project. Their pilot project “Creating Conversations: Using Community-Based Participatory Action Research to Shape Safe Spaces for Sex-Talk between Youth and Adults” allowed them to work alongside community members in the Mwakirunge district to explore topics related to sex in a manner that did not mute religious, cultural, or personal values. Their findings, which are currently being written up for wider dissemination, have served as a platform to begin addressing important sex-related issues the community highlighted over the course of several months. Kwacha’s trained community action research unit hopes to work with the communities involved to build on these findings. Sponsors and supporters to further shape these safe spaces through creating mentorship groups that will enhance youth and adults capacities to communicate safely about sex-related issues are welcomed.


Posted on

May 13, 2017

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