Within the scope of inclusive societies, the PARTY-project (Participatory development with the youth) focuses on unemployment among the youth. Unemployment and marginalization is a global challenge that is increasing e.g. in Europe and in Africa. PARTY aims to work together with youth to identify the reasons that lead to unemployment and marginalization. in particular focus is on the San communities of Namibia and South Africa.
To endorse human development and assist in reducing youth unemployment by increasing the involvement and inclusion of young people in service development in South Africa and Namibia by using participatory and explorative service design tools.
Methods, skills and knowledge development, supporting inclusion and social cohesion, local democracy, indigineous rights and multidiciplinary collaboration.
PARTY is an international and inter-sectoral project coordinated by University of Lapland. Project focuses on developmental cooperation through research and innovation staff exchanges and sharing of knowledge between researchers, the target group, local actors in Southern Africa and international aid organisations.
The challenges faced by the marginalized youth in developing countries, such as unemployment, are not simple or easily solved. This is influenced by a number of factors including levels of education, gender, self-esteem, geographic location, physical ability and transport. Employment and educational opportunities are two factors which impact on the future success of young individuals. PARTY aims to endorse human development and assist in reducing youth unemployment by increasing the involvement and inclusion of young people in service development in South Africa and Namibia by using participatory and explorative service design tools. The project focuses on San youth and young adults (13–24 years of age), especially living in poor or otherwise marginal conditions who either are or face the risk of becoming marginalized. The project advances service design approach in the field of developmental research and at the same time develops innovative, participatory methodology and tools for developmental cooperation.
Academic participants represent Human-centered and transformation
design (University of Leeds, UK), Art and Design, especially Service
Design (University of Lapland, Finland) and Informatics and Design (Cape
Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa and Polytechnic of
Namibia, Namibia). Non-academic partners represent variety of sectors:
indigenous people’s rights and development issues (SASI, South Africa), and social innovation (PACO Design
Duration 1.2.2015 - 31.12.2018
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 645743
Miettinen, S., Vuontisjärvi, H-R.
Service design for participatory development
For Profit, for Good - Developing Organizations through Service Design
Itenge-Wheeler, H., Kuure, E., Brereton, M. , WinschiersTheophilus, H.
Co-creating an Enabling Reading Environment for and with Namibian Children
In Proceedings of the 14th Participatory Design Conference
Full papers-Volume 1
Miettinen, S., Vezzani, V., Chivuno-Kuria, S., Pierandrei, F., van Wyk, M., Vuontisjärvi, H-R.
OPEN DESIGN FOR DEVELOPMENT AND YOUTH
Cumulus Hong Kong 2016: Open Design for E-very-thing
21-24 Nov 2016
Miettinen, S., Vuontisjärvi. H-R.
Rethinking the Marginal – Service Design for Development
Design for All - Designing for the public good
August 2016, Vol-11, No. 8
Miettinen, S., Huhtamaa. I., Kontio, T.
Sosiaalisen muutoksen muotoilua taiteen keinoin – sankarinmatkoja afrikkalaisten nuorten kanssa
Vol. 6. 2016
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