Asking, Giving, Receiving: Friendship as Survival Strategy among Accra’s Street Children

This article considers friendship among street children in Accra. Drawing upon the findings of a three-year qualitative research project, the article argues that friendship is a neglected element of research yet cooperation, mutuality and exchange between friends are essential to street children’s survival. Living within the extremities of the urban informal sector, the article considers the existence of a strong ethos of ‘help’ between friends and how street children go about the (re) creation of friendship around those aspects of their lives essential for their daily survival.