n Africa Insight - Youth in urban governance : rationalities, encounters and interaction in Zimbabwe : democracy, governance and civic participation

Volume 37, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


The article critiques the role and position of the youth in urban governance in post-2000 Zimbabwe. Using cases from two urban centres, the analysis maps the contribution of young people to local governance and evaluates the impact of specific forms of governance on young people. The article observes that young people regard governance as a transient phenomenon, a site suitable for opportunistic forays. Their involvement in governance is short term and driven by strategic rationality. Consequently, young people assume different and sometimes contradictory roles. Young people in this context are manifestly averse to developing long-term alliances within their own ranks and with other social agents.

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