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Integrated Youth Development Strategy (IYDS)
The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), established in terms of NYDA Act (Act No.54 of 2008) is responsible for coordinating and mainstreaming youth development across all sectors of society. This is re-affirmed by the National Youth Policy (2020) placing a mammoth task of youth development on the Agency.
Key amongst objectives of the agency is the development of an Integrated Youth Development Strategy and Plan for South Africa. It is in this context that we present a draft framework for consultation and inputs.
The Integrated Youth Development Strategy (IYDS) is an implementation plan of the National Youth Policy (2020) and it is also a mainstreaming and co-ordinating tool. Some of the objectives of the IYDS include:
  • To define a multi-sectoral framework within which youth development programmes can be implemented in an integrated manner, thereby maximising outcomes;
  • To provide a partnership and stakeholder engagement framework and set of mechanisms, enabling government, business and civil society organisations to work together
  • To lobby relevant government partners to create a more youth friendly and supportive regulatory environment;
  • To facilitate programmes aimed at job creation and economic security for young people
  • To initiate catalytic programmes designed to benefit youth from disadvantaged backgrounds (primarily youth from rural areas, youth with disabilities, and young women);
  • To coordinate youth focused programmes across all sectors of government and industry in order to align resource allocation;
  • To provide a monitoring and evaluation framework which will enable coordinated nationwide tracking of youth development programmes
The draft framework will be key discussion during this consultations, which aims to solicit inputs from all key role players in youth development more importantly young people.
Details of scheduled consultations as follows:
Date: 11 December 2017
Venue:  Protea Hotel Edward, KwaZulu Natal
Time: 09h00
Date: 12 December 2017
Venue: Carnegie Hall, Gunubie- East London, Eastern Cape
Time: 09h00
Comments and enquiries on the Integrated Youth Development Strategy will be accepted until 20 December 2017 to Walter.Bango@nyda.gov.za
NB: The Integrated Youth Development Strategy document is accessible here. Details of consultations to be held at various provinces will also be updated.
For media enquiries contact:
Lerato Gambu
Tel: 011 651 7000
Cell: 064 860 0716
Issued by the National Youth Development Agency
08 December 2017