Youth leadership development in South Africa – are we stuck? A funder’s perspective
If we understand the social challenges of our time to be complex, with multiple causes, symptoms and manifestations, then critical to how we respond and how we direct change must be our ability to deal with that complexity –something that requires collective, rather than singular leadership. In this learning brief, Janet Jobson asks what this means for South Africa’s youth leadership development sector which – historically – would largely spot talent in bright high school and university students or young professionals and seek to develop and direct these individuals. She asks whether the sector is somewhat stuck – and whether a new clarity of vision and purpose is needed if young people in South Africa are to be supported to champion social change and public innovation – a process of continuing improvement of policies, programmes, systems and institutions for public benefit. Read more here.