Opportunity 9: Implementation Experience


Driving change: NERDAfrica’s advice for young people wanting to start social change initiatives

To grow economically, reduce inequality, and foster social solidarity so that we thrive as a nation, South Africa needs young leaders that will inspire innovation in both the public and private sectors.   Tumelo Motaung is precisely such a young leader. Having participated in a variety of youth leadership initiatives, including Activate!, Tumelo started the […]

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Posted on 29 March 2016

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NGO volunteering as a first rung strategy for tackling youth unemployment

As South Africa continues to experience chronically high unemployment rates, it is clear that a multi-pronged effort, involving both the public and private sectors, is required to support young people as they transition into the world of work. Here, the key elements of NGO youth volunteer programmes are explored and some consideration is given to […]

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Posted on 19 February 2015

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The Language of Access

How we harness technological innovation in rural South African communities in order to close the education gap between urban and rural learners is as exciting as it is challenging. In this learning brief, Good Work Foundation describes what they are doing – and some of their challenges – at their Hazyview Digital Learning Centre, located in Shabalala village […]

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Posted on 11 September 2014

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ACTIVATE! – Evaluating Youth Leadership for Policy Impact

Often one of the most difficult aspects of launching a new project is figuring out how to measure its impact effectively. The Activate! Leadership for Public Innovation programme has an opportunity to do ground-breaking work in measuring the impact of its leadership development intervention and the policy implications that it might hold.  It is a […]

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Posted on 4 March 2014

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Dreamworker: Deepening our learning and improving our service using a Strategic Conversation Matrix Process

Towards the end of 2011 Dreamworker set themselves the task of deepening their learning about the challenges, issues and uncertainties impacting their work and to see if they could identify areas that would help them improve their employment mediation service. To support their learning they used the Strategic Conversation Matrix, which required them to systematically […]

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Posted on 4 March 2014

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The challenges and lessons learned in securing post-school placements for township-based matrics: Achieving against the odds

Annually the township matriculants participating in the IkamvaYouth programme exceeds all expectations in terms of their matric exam performance and 96% of them have accessed opportunity (educational/employment) within 5 months of matriculating.  But the untold story behind these impressive statistics reflects many challenges, frustrations, obstacles and disappointments inherent in trying to secure post-school placements for […]

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Posted on 7 October 2013

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Learning through Doing: Measuring leadership development

enke: Make Your Mark’s Youth Leadership Initiative enke: Make your Mark is a youth leadership and social innovation initiative that aims to reduce inequality by connecting young South Africans across social divides, equipping them to lead, and inspiring them to take action. Our theory of change is that if we can connect, equip and inspire […]

Posted on 5 October 2012

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Scaling up Rural Youth Development

The challenges of growing up in rural Limpopo Children and youth between the ages of 0-29 constitute the highest percentage of the population in Limpopo (3.7 mil of a total of total population of 5.5 mil1) and are also the most vulnerable. Hundreds of youth matriculate each year with very poor education results who have […]

Posted on 5 October 2012

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Helping young people in South Africa’s townships succeed against the odds

Many young South Africans are born into a world of exclusion and deprivation in South Africa’s townships, and the cards are firmly stacked against their chances of escaping this life of poverty. From an early age, their prospects are hampered by poor-quality schools that offer low curriculum coverage. And outside of school, poor students often […]

Posted on 5 October 2012

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Wild Coast Rural Schools Development Project: Changing Young Teachers’ Minds about Teaching in Rural Areas

The Wild Coast Rural Schools Development Project addresses the challenge of training and educating teachers who are willing to teach in rural contexts or to work in partnership with under-resourced schools.  The majority of newly trained teachers choose to teach in urban areas which exacerbate shortages of qualified teachers in rural schools.  The Wild Coast […]

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Posted on 1 June 2012

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