The National Youth Policy (NYP) 2009 – 2014

he National Youth Policy (NYP) 2009 – 2014 is an essential planning tool guiding the country’s approach to youth development. This policy document contains inherent commitments by government, young South Africans and society at large on interventions and services that would have to be rolled out to ensure effective and efficient mainstreaming of youth development in the socio-economic mainstream. This Executive Summary provides a brief synopsis of the processes followed in formulating this policy where key policy gaps and overarching policy interventions were identified.

The drafting of the NYP entailed an extensive and rigorous process of ensuring collation of relevant and appropriate data on the status of youth, assessment of targeted youth interventions in post-democratic South Africa, and analysing the prevailing gaps in relation to new and persisting challenges that continue to plague some of our youth. From the assessments made, the team that developed this policy identified the interventions that are necessary for youth development.

As with any public policy formulation process, there was extensive engagement with stakeholders such as government departments, youth organisations, broader civil-society organisations, the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) and the broader public through advertisements and publication of the policy in the public domain. The issues raised from all these dialogues and the consultation
process were incorporated in the final draft. It is from all these processes that government is now able to present this policy for approval.

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