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A Lost Generation: Young People and Conflict in Africa

different themes identified

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    Synthesis: the teams then brought together the phrases and paragraphs relating to each theme, and synthesised these, leading to a fuller and more exhaustive analysis than had been possible in the first stage

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    Elaboration of analytical frameworks: out of the general synthesis, the research team elaborated tools for summarising the information arising out of the study. These were later synthesised into the summaries presented in chapter one of part two of this volume.

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    Comparison with other material from elsewhere: the information collected was compared with secondary sources such as government statistical information, and with similar material obtained from previous research and from other organisations.

A fourth workshop (to finalise details of the three case studies) was planned for Luanda in November 2006, but had to be abandoned because of practical difficulties. These difficulties contributed to the Angola team being unable to complete their documentation for this volume. The case studies report from Angola will be presented in a multi-stakeholder consultative seminar in June 2007 in Luanda and the final report will be presented in a separate volume. The oral testimony research in Angola focused on the constraints to young people’s civic and political participation. The research investigated young people’s right to

employment, participation in decision Young people were interviewed and against by adults.

making, association and freedom of speech. they described how they are discriminated

Writing up: report-writing was carried out in the first instance by the team leaders for Burundi and Uganda. Their reports were progressively refined through exchanges with each other and with the inter-country programme, and were eventually edited

into the present volume.

Some methodological lessons

The ‘Voices of Youth’ research project incorporated several features which differentiated it from ACORD’s previous research using the SEA framework and oral testimony methods in conflict situations.

In the first place, the SEA framework was applied in a more deliberate and consistent way than in previous projects, and this has contributed to a sharpening of the conclusions to be drawn from the research. As in previous studies, SEA served as a planning tool, guiding preparatory analysis and helping to identify key research questions and respondent categories. In addition, it was also applied at the analysis stage to shape the interpretation of the data it generated. When researchers met

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