Drawing on the lives of youth living in precarious conditions, we analyse in this paper
the ways in which the youth in Zimbabwe respond to varied shocks that they face in
their everyday lives. We note that for many years the political and economic challenges
have eroded the capacities of many Zimbabweans, but the impact on the youth has
been discernibly high. Yet the youth have remarkably survived the tenacity of political,
social and economic challenges. Many people have described this response as

Social Capital has become a concept of growing interest in the past two decades. The presence of a high degree of social capital is argued to be one of the strong underpinnings of democracy, and the presence of varieties of civic and social associations is assumed to contribute to more active citizenship. In the West at least, there is increasing concern about the declining participation of citizens in elections, together with concern that citizens are also less interested in participating in social and civic networks and associations.