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

Jegede, Grace and Densmore, Melissa (2016) Using Co-Design to Discern and Overcome Barriers to Employment in Cape Town, Proceedings of Proceedings of the 7th Annual Symposium on Computing for Development, 18 November 2016, Nairobi, Kenya, 32-35, ACM.

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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.

Item Type: Conference poster
Uncontrolled Keywords: ICT4D, Unemployment, co-design, participation
Subjects: Software and its engineering > Software creation and management
Social and professional topics
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Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2017
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 15:32

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