United We Stand: Youth perspectives on developing resilience to drought in South Africa
Patterns of Resilience to Drought Project Team. (2018, March). United We Stand: Youth Perspectives on Developing Resilience to Drought in South Africa. England/South Africa: University of Brighton/Boingboing.
What is the problem?
- These issues have been identified as central to this project:
- The general failure to implement existing drought policy in South Africa
- The absence of youth in developing and implementing policy
- The worsening effects of climate change and drought
- Weak government and community responses to drought
What has been done?
Through the ‘Patterns of Resilience’ project, a number of young people in Leandra have been engaged as co-researchers by an interdisciplinary research team from South Africa and the United Kingdom, supported by the UK Natural Environment Research Council. A young co-researcher is a youth who volunteered to work with our team and were involved as equal partners being trained up to work alongside the other researchers and receiving payment for this. After a series of workshops facilitated by postgraduate students from Pretoria and community facilitators from the UK, a group of young people in Leandra have developed their own ideas and gathered information from older people in the community. This has been used to generate important responses to drought, and they have coproduced a video and this policy document.
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