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Youth in South Africa

Agency, (in)visibility and national development

Published 23 November 2021

Youth in South Africa: Agency, (in)visibility and national development sets out the youth policy environment, the historic background to the youth’s role in national development and the structural challenges facing many young people. It also explores the resilience and agency that young people demonstrate as social, economic and political
participants, as well as some of the processes of identity formation that young people engage in.

Youth in South Africa: Agency, (in)visibility and national development seeks to chart a way forward that re-imagines the role of young people and makes the case for policy instruments to be informed by the lived experiences of the youth.

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