Seminar – Cartographies of Child Poverty in Policies and Programmes in Kenya

Friday 19 February 10.30-12.00
W&N building, 6th floor, room WN-P656, this is behind the main building
VU University Amsterdam

Cartographies of Child Poverty in Policies and Programmes in Kenya: Locating Children’s Voice at the Interstices of Competing Representations

Elizabeth Ngutuku (Eliza)

PhD Researcher
International Institute of Social Studies


Policies and programmes for child poverty and vulnerability harbour specific constructions on child poverty as well as poor children.  These constructions may affect children’s subjective experiences and elide the voices of children. Despite this possibility, these interventions have often been perceived as natural and the norms they harbour are often invisible. The proposed one year research in Kenya intends to problematize and denaturalize these dominant constructions as embedded in policies and programmes.  Elizabeth Ngutuku will map these competing representations against the perspectives and lived experience of children. In so doing, she intends to locate children’s voices, while aware that these perspectives might go beyond the articulated as they might be contained in the unsaid as well as hidden in the processes of silencing.

Note that our March meeting will take place on Tuesday 15 March 10.30-12.00. We will have the pleasure of a presentation of Dr Clarice Cohen from Brazil. If you are interested in presenting at one of our seminars yourself, please contact the Network chair: Dr Sandra J.T.M. Evers,

VU University is located at a 10-minutes’ walk from Amsterdam Zuid railway station. Tram stop ‘De Boelelaan / VU’ is served by tram lines 5 and 51. W&N Building is located behind the main building:

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