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Accepted Contribution:

Being young and rural in the city: a longitudinal study of gendered livelihood strategies in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia  
Elizabeth Dessie (University of Manchester)


This paper presents a longitudinal postdoctoral research proposal that draws on intersectionality to examine the livelihood strategies of migrant youth in Addis Ababa in a post-pandemic urban context and a post-conflict national setting.

Why would you like to speak in this workshop?:

The covid-19 pandemic is likely to have a lasting, detrimental effect on the livelihoods of vulnerable adolescent workers in cities across sub-Saharan Africa. In Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, few policy and programming initiatives have targeted the growing number of domestic workers, petty street traders and streetwalkers in the city who are young and rural. This proposal argues for an intersectional analysis of adolescent livelihoods as a means of, first, understanding how the factors behind their motives to migrate relate to their decisions to stay and, second, as a way of deconstructing the power relations that shapes adolescents' agency and disenfranchises their ability to improve their lives. This contribution will highlight the value an intersectional perspective offers in generating new knowledge on subjective experiences of urban space, while emphasising the importance of such knowledge in integrating the voices of vulnerable youth into development interventions.

Workshop W08
Intersectional approaches to adolescent voice and agency: gender and participation in the context of multiple crises