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Using Co-Design to Discern and Overcome Barriers to Employment in Cape Town

Jegede, Grace and Melissa Densmore (2016) Using Co-Design to Discern and Overcome Barriers to Employment in Cape Town. In Proceedings Proceedings of the 7th Annual Symposium on Computing for Development, pages 32-35, Nairobi, Kenya.

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In this paper we describe the co-design process to uncover the unemployment problem, in Cape Town, South Africa. We engage with unemployed or underemployed individuals at two different NGO sites in Cape Town. We engage, primarily with current and former students of two job readiness programmes and supplement our work with input from intermediary trainers. We outline our use of co-design under the umbrella of Participatory Design (PD) and discuss our findings, in line with the different documentations of benefits of intermediaries. Our findings highlight the benefits of working with intermediaries from the NGOs and the benefit of working with NGOs as embedded community partners. Additionally, we show that co-design can be used to successfully uncover issues around a problem such as unemployment.

EPrint Type:Conference Poster
Keywords:ICT4D, Unemployment, co-design, participation
Subjects:K Computing Milieux: K.0 GENERAL
K Computing Milieux: K.4 COMPUTERS AND SOCIETY
ID Code:1171
Deposited By:Jegede, Grace
Deposited On:06 April 2017
Alternative Locations:https://doi.org/10.1145/3001913.3006641