PARTY (participatory development with the youth)

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 INCOMINDIOS, Switzerland), and social innovation (PACO Design Collaborative, Italy).

Duration 1.2.2015 - 31.12.2018

Funded by European Comission, Horizon 2020, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange Scheme (RISE) with 1, 017, 000 EUR


For more information:

Satu Miettinen, Professor                                     Maija Rautiainen, Project Manager
University of Lapland                                             University of Lapland
Faculty of Art and Design                                      Faculty of Art and Design
P.O Box 122, FI-9610 Rovaniemi, Finland         P.O Box 122, FI-9610 Rovaniemi, Finland
(+358)40 484 4367
                                               (+358)40 485 0489                         


Party_brochure.pdf (6.27 MB)