"Accenture’s Market Intelligence Report revealed that at the grassroots level, there has been significant activity and investment particularly in Gauteng and Western Cape, but not much in KZN which hosts over 50% of unemployed youth. Therefore, we have piloted in KZN with a focus on eThekwini," Nkuna says.
With GOYN, Youth voices are at the centre of the solution. According to Accenture many organisations merely offer training or job opportunities without looking holistically at the individual and addressing challenges related to their local context. To combat this, and ensure that solutions are tailored to address challenges encountered by youth in their communities GOYN hosts a Youth Advisory Group (YAG) —a platform for youth ambassadors from different organisations and communities to align and agree on the key challenges and potential solutions that would assist youth in their communities. Outcomes from these discussions are then shared with the wider stakeholder groups to ensure that the youth voice is considered in the creation of initiatives and solutions.
Founded by The Aspen Institute and co-led by global partners Youth Build International, Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Global Development Incubator and Prudential Financial Inc., the GOYN approach to addressing youth unemployment is currently being implemented in communities in Brazil, India, Kenya, Colombia, and South Africa, and chapters recently been started in Mexico and Senegal. "GOYN is the first global network of community-based partners working across sectors and in partnership with young people to identify systemic solutions that will accelerate youth employment. Our partners in South Africa represent the most committed and effective public, private, and nonprofit leaders and institutions dedicated to dismantling barriers to youth economic opportunity. We are proud to have them as members of the GOYN network and community," states Jamie McAuliffe, director of the Global Opportunity Youth Network at Aspen Institute.
The GOYN project in South Africa started in November 2019 as a 10 year initiative that is run by co-anchors, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator and the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), in conjunction with, Accenture and Youth Build International. It is a global project with support from both local and global funders.
Accenture says the aim is to scale the initiative beyond eThekwini, to a national level. To that end, GOYN has partnered with Harambee and NYDA as part of the Presidential Youth Employment Intervention to be part of a national multi-stakeholder network called SA Youth.
SA Youth is a free national network of networks which aims to ensure that all learning, earning and support opportunities are visible to all young people in South Africa. Young people can join the network free through a zero-rated mobi-site – sayouth.mobi and employers and partners looking for engaged, entry level talent can register and load opportunities on the SA Youth Partner Network at partners.sayouth.org.za.
Accenture global has funded a two year digital opportunity pilot worth USD $1.7 million aimed at connecting youth to career opportunities in the digital economy across several countries; in South Africa, building on the infrastructure of SAyouth.mobi, this funding aims to impact at least 34,000 youth in eThekwini in the first year – allowing young people to access relevant local content with links to funding, bursaries, job opportunities and training.
"South Africa faces fragmentation and duplication of services due to lack of or weak partnerships." Rather than just being funders, we are involved to ensure collective impact, and plug the gaps that are currently in the market and enabling a growing economy and a society that works, powered by the potential of young people," Nkuna states.