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Fr Patrick Shanahan: Speeches, papers
and presentations

Father Patrick Shanahan was one of StreetInvest's Co-founders. This page houses a selection of his speeches, papers and presentations.

Patrick advocated for street-connected children and their rights throughout his life. He supported the Consortium for Street Children for 20 years and in 2011 was awarded their inaugural Street Child Champions Award, in recognition of his unwavering commitment.

In 2013 he initiated and became Research Director of the Growing up on the Streets research project, which sought to bring a voice to nearly 200 street youth living across Africa.

Patrick was also instrumental in the journey to the United Nations General Comment on Children in Street Situations, which was published in July 2017. 

Patrick was a compelling public speaker and addressed the UN on no less than three occasions, in his fight for international guidance on the protection of street-connected children’s rights.

Files attached

Shanahan 2003 – Streets versus Elites

Shanahan 1998 – The alternative Africa – street children in Accra Ghana

Remembering Fr Patrick Shanahan_A memorial booklet

Award-winning longitudinal, participatory
research project

The Story Map is an innovative, immersive, visual representation of the findings from the Growing up on the Streets project. In May 2017 the 'Story Mappers' - street-connected youth working as researchers - went into the streets and informal settlements of Accra. They took photos and videos on tablets provided by the project, that they felt helped to explain and represent the lives of their peers. Click on the link to explore their stories, in their own words and through their eyes.
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