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Mahdi Shaban, a Palestinian living in Gaza, paid for his master’s degree with earnings from digging graves. Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Young people in the Middle East struggle to see a promising future

Political and economic forces across the Middle East and North Africa combine to mean well-educated young people spend years looking for work, which delays their independence and adulthood.
Ederies Samodien offers a child apples at a shack settlement as part of a poverty relief effort in Cape Town. Almost 56% of South Africans live in poverty. EFE-EPA/Nic Bothma

What can be done to tackle the systemic causes of poverty in South Africa

There’s a crucial need to connect the most vulnerable people with public services in order to tackle systemic poverty and disadvantage. An integrated approach is key.
Children watch as police work behind a cordon where a young victim of a gang shooting lies dead on the ground. Photo by Brenton Geach/Gallo Images via Getty Images

Study paints a grim picture of what young gangsters think about violence and manhood

Findings show that in the face of marginalisation and social exclusion, youth in gangs think that they have no options except violence to prove that they are ‘real’ men in their communities.
An unemployed man collects trash for resale in Diepsloot Johannesburg. Calls are growing for a basic income grant for poor South Africans. EFE-EPA/Kim Ludbrook

South Africa’s basic income versus jobs debate: a false dilemma

Basic income must be embedded within a broader strategy of economic reform, aimed at increasing the social wage and improving working conditions.
Four things that count when it comes to employability: the reputation of the university, networks/ connections, experience, and type of work. shutterstock

Four things that count when a South African graduate looks for work

Universities shouldn’t only attend to the knowledge and skills graduates need for work but also the factors that give graduates a better chance of earning a living and participating in society.
Makeshift shops have mushroomed as people try to make ends meet amid South Africa’s excessive unemployment. Hobermunemployment. an Collection/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Stereotypes about young jobless South Africans are wrong: what they’re really up to

Many unemployed young people are engaged in a variety of economic activities. These may not necessarily be recognised as a form of self employment or informal employment.
A group of young men wait on a road for work in South Africa. A staggering 74% of the country’s youth are jobless. Photo by Frederic Lewis/Getty Images

South Africa’s efforts to tackle joblessness can be more effective: here’s how

Relying solely on job placement as an indicator of successful intervention misses out on outcomes that are equally important, or more so, amid high structural unemployment.

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