Retrak was involved in The Symposium of the Street organised by University of Manchester’s Su Corcoran, an Economic and Social Research Council-funded (ESRC) doctoral researcher, working with street-connected children in Kenya.
The aim of the event was to get academics and members of the civil society organisations round the table, particularly those who work with vulnerable children. The goal was to increase the impact of their work with children, particularly street-connected children, through sharing ideas and experiences, engaging in critical discussion and developing networks to promote collaborative advocacy and future research.
Retrak’s CEO Diarmuid O’Neill opened the symposium and our Monitoring and Research advisor Joanna Wakia gave a presentation about measuring street-connected children’s well-being. Diarmuid said: “The Symposium of the Street was a fantastic and inspiring initiative, which brought together like-minded individuals who, just like everyone at Retrak, are striving to give street-connected children a better future. The event helped us understand issues around working with street-connected children, reflect on our work and learn from others’ experience.”
Organiser Su Corcoran said: “The day itself went much better than I had anticipated and was extremely well-received by researchers, academics and those who work with street-connected children. I am already planning next year’s, which we hope will be bigger and longer to allow people from further afield to join. There was definitely a practitioner voice missing and we would like to bring social workers and other grass roots level individuals into the conversations next year. We would also like to have an afternoon and evening open to the general public to come and find out more about how different organisations work with street-connected children.”