Youth Dialogue



 The draft national youth policy for 2014 – 2019 has been released by the Youth desk in the Presidency for public comments. The document outlines key policy priorities and proposes a set of interventions for a comprehensive approach to youth development in South Africa. Among the key priorities highlighted in the document are programmes geared to tackling youth unemployment, building human capabilities through education and skills development, addressing the burden of disease and substance abuse, social cohesion, and better coordination of youth development in the country.

The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation through its Inclusive Economies project and the Ashley Kriel Youth Leadership Development project will convene a dialogue with Western Cape Youth to engage with the content of the draft policy document. This dialogue platform offers an opportunity for youth across sectors to provide input in the formulation of the nation youth policy 2014 – 2019 to ensure that policy reflect the voices and aspirations of young people from all walks of life. It is hoped that this will enable the design of effective and better aligned interventions to support youth development.

Participants are expected to engage robustly with the proposals contained in the draft document with the aim to identify critical gaps and develop a set of concrete recommendations which will be integrated into a report to be submitted to the Youth desk.

Who should attend?

The invitation is open to all young people in South Africa, particular organised youth structures (across sectors), young activists/social entrepreneurs, youth in business/entrepreneurs, youth in the creative arts, students, and unemployed youth.

What to prepare?

The participants are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the content of the draft policy document 2014 – 2019. The full report can be downloaded from the Presidency website –

What are the expected outcomes?

An output of the dialogue will be a report with key recommendations emanating from the dialogue which will be submitted to the Youth desk in the Presidency. A key outcome of this initiative is to advance the participation of young people in governance processes and the shaping of national youth policy.


105 Hatfield Street, Gardens, Cape Town

Time– 11:00 – 13:00

For more information, contact Eleanor Du Plooy – or Ayanda Nyoka –

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