|Young People in South Africa in 2005|
Where we're at and where we're going
Commissioned by the Umsobomvu Youth Fund and compiled by the Human Sciences Research Council
Based on a review of existing research plus a national study on the status of youth in the country, this report relates the main findings of the study to the current policy environment and to attempt, particularly by government and governments-supported bodies, to transform policy into practice. It is, therefore, both a report of research carried out, and a record of, and commentary on, the practice of youth development as it is evolving in contemporary South Africa – with its strengths and weaknesses, achievements and short comings.
The report intents to make a case, rather than simply describes a situation, and comes from within the youth development community. In a field where pessimism is rife, it makes no apologies for highlighting what appear to be successful or potentially successful youth policies, not with the intention of claiming easy victories where reflection and self-criticism may be more appropriate, but rather to identify what is working and to encourage more efforts along similar lines.