‘Between bare necessity and transformative power: The value of informal schools in Kibera, Kenya’

  • a very thorough account of the emergence of informal schools in one of the biggest slums of Africa, Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya
  • based on solid empirical data analysed in a framework (notions of ‘slum politics’, ‘brokerage’, ‘interactive framing’, ‘vernacularisation of human rights’)
  • very daring in its well-argued critique of human rights discourses and its initial assumption of the empowerment of local communities
  • it argues that formalization of the schools will decrease their capacity to address the needs of the inhabitants of the sluml