South Africa

 

Restless Development (South Africa) was founded in 1997 in response to the devastating impact of HIV and AIDS on young South Africans and the lack of preventative health education interventions in rural communities.

Where we operate in the Eastern Cape, youth unemployment exceeds 50%; and the HIV prevalence rate among young people is 19%, compared to the national average of 12%.

Our programmes promote positive behaviour change, improve livelihood opportunities and involve 20,000 young people on a regular and consistent basis in rural communities.

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Current challenges for young South Africans include:

  • HIV/AIDS
  • high unemployment
  • low educational retention rates
  • high teenage pregnancy
  • substance abuse

 

Where we operate in the Eastern Cape, youth unemployment exceeds 50%; and the HIV prevalence rate among young people is 19%, compared to the national average of 12%.

 

Restless Development (South Africa) was founded in 1997 in response to the devastating impact of HIV and AIDS on young South Africans and the lack of preventative health education interventions in rural communities.

 

Young people are in a uniquely influential position to take action against issues that concern them. We believe that long term involvement is required to bring about changed attitudes and improved livelihoods for young people and their communities, and to place young people at the forefront of change and development in South Africa.

 

Our programmes promote positive behaviour change, improve livelihood opportunities and involve young people in community and government development and policy making.

 

Restless Development aims to reach 20,000 young people on a regular and consistent basis in rural communities in the Eastern Cape by 2013.

For 2011-15 we plan to build on our advocacy work, engaging young people in policy making and capacity building other organisations. We also intend to develop our research base as a resource to inform government policy.