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This article is taken from the January 2000 Phatlalatsa newsletter

 

Evaluating the Gauteng Youth Development Initiatives

S&T has been commissioned by the Joint Enrichment Project (JEP) to undertake a formative evaluation of the Youth Development Initiative (YDI) of the Department of Welfare (DoW). The DoW set up the YDIs via its poverty alleviation programme. The YDIs, located in Bekkersdal, Cullinan, Daveyton, Dobsonville, Deep South, and Lanseria, are youth businesses that pay a social wage and re-direct profits to community development.

Each business is operated by a collective of young people aged 18 to 35. The group's number varies from site to site with a minimum of ten participants and a maximum of fifteen, who all receive business and life-skills training from CBE&T, FEBDEV and JEP.

The business training should enable them to design Business Plans and then run their own businesses. Life skills training offered by JEP provides assistance with interpersonal problems and working together as a collective.

The YDIs aim to generate income and create job opportunities for other youth, or to help support local community initiatives. There is a real challenge in linking entrepreneurship with collectivism.

Our methodology will combine qualitative and quantitative measures. A focus group with participants from all six sites will be used as a basis for designing a questionnaire, to be completed by participants from all the sites. This will be complemented by in-depth interviews with training providers and others. Analysis and reporting take place in early 2000.

 

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