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Accenture & the Global Opportunity Youth Network

The future is young!

GOYN and Accenture, with multi-stakeholder inputs—YOUR INPUTS—aim to find tangible, sustainable and meaningful employment solutions and career paths for South Africa’s youth. No more skill and job traps.

What’s different about GOYN’s approach

The youth challenge is significant and growing


Of a 1.8 billion global youth population, 90 percent live in developing economies, with huge concentrations in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.


267 million, approximately 1/5 of the world’s population are Opportunity Youth—young people aged 15-29 who are out of school, unemployed, or working in informal jobs.


In South Africa, unemployment is at 29 percent. Youth aged 16 to 24 make up 57 percent of the unemployed.


The prospect of a lost generation looms large, with unemployment in South Africa projected to reach 50% as a result of COVID-19, which will have knock-on effects on youth unemployment.

Creating opportunities for the youth

Data-led demand driven solutions to unemployment

The Big Read

45 minute read

GOYN market intelligence report on eThekwini

Read about the challenges & opportunities in eThekwini.

30 minute read

GOYN learning report

Read about GOYN accomplishments & learnings.

Short on time

30 minute read

GOYN health pathways and healthcare assessment

SA’s employment opportunities in allied healthcare.

Global success brought to South Africa

GOYN is a multi-stakeholder initiative committed to creating place-based systems shifts for youth economic opportunity. Working with Anchor Partners situated in communities around the world.

GOYN works to create economic mobility for “Opportunity Youth” — young people aged 15-29 who are out of school, unemployed, or working in informal jobs.

GOYN contribution started with local, place-based Accenture expertise in Bogota and Pune where we worked to create a solid replicable methodology to drive GOYN’s approach forward rapidly.

Our approach has proven successful and are now moving into new locations: Sao Paulo, Jharkhand, eThekwini and, most recently, Mexico and Senegal.

Through ecosystem analysis and engagement with youth and stakeholders, we created an ecosystem map to identify and prioritise possible interventions across pathways for youth.

An Intervention Design followed. This is a rapid design sprint to identify interventions to co-design and co-fundraise for through a prioritisation workshop with the local Anchor Partner.

Let’s collaborate for exponential success

Greater collaboration through locally-led coordinating infrastructure.

Data-driven strategies to support long term youth success.

Increased youth involvement using leading practice design approaches.

Funding directed to address the most important gaps and scale what works.

Advocacy, public policy engagement, influencing employer practices and priorities.

Join us and get involved

Meet the team

Khethiwe Nkuna

Responsible Business Executive

Shiksha Benimadho

Talent and Organization Lead
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