Youth in Africa: participation and protection

SOURCE: Africa Insight
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2007
TITLE AUTHOR(S): L.Richter, S.Panday
KEYWORDS: AFRICA, PARTICIPATORY DEVELOPMENT, YOUTH, YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
DEPARTMENT: Human and Social Development (HSD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 5095

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Abstract

Descriptions of young people are replete with antonyms, such as heroes and villains, and makers and breakers. These contrasts reflect deep ambivalence in social attitudes and actions that influence both opportunities offered to and challenges facing young people. In this introduction to the Special Issue of Africa Insight on Youth in Africa, we cover four topics. Firstly, we articulate tensions inherent in the concept of youth as reflected in issues related to protection of young people, on the one hand, and barriers to their participation, on the other. Secondly we briefly outline youth development, a framework that has evolved over the past two decades and which provides a conceptual framework for addressing youth issues in policy and programmes. Thirdly, we provide an overview of youth policy development in Africa, and we close with a description of two initiatives that have renewed the focus on young people, and especially the youth on the African continent.