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Reducing Youth Unemployment in South Africa

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Thursday, November 2, 2017
Updated: Monday, October 30, 2017

reducing youth unemployment in south africa

By FSG

South Africa is faced with a crisis of high and rising youth unemployment. Throughout the country, only 1 in 3 young people of working age is employed. This distressing statistic not only plays out through the limited earnings potential and future prospects of these youth, but also emerges within stymied business growth and unsustainable pressure on governmental social programs. The solution will take action from a variety of sectors and actors in order to turn the tide.

This report, funded by The Rockefeller Foundation, highlights two cross-sectoral partnerships—the EOH Youth Job Creation Initiative and the Mentec Foundation—that have seen success in placing these disadvantaged youth in jobs throughout South Africa. The report concludes with a table of recommendations for employers, training providers, philanthropic funders, and government officials to begin growing and replicating these efforts.

Download the report here.

Tags:  development  inclusive business  Shared Value 

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