United we stand: Youth perspectives on developing resilience to drought in South Africa – Young co-researchers living in Leandra, South Africa, Khulisa Social Solutions, Boingboing, University of Brighton, University of Pretoria, University of Manchester, University of Johannesburg, University of Cape Town and Dalhouse University.

The expertise of young people in South Africa in relation to coping with the physical and mental impacts of drought was harnessed for this co-productive research project led by Professor Angie Hart.

Natural disasters negatively impact upon the social, economic, and environmental systems that affect young people’s mental health and wellbeing. The impacts of drought on young people are particularly severe in sub-Saharan Africa where recurrent drought intersects with development challenges such as inequality, exclusion, poor education and a lack of employability skills.

Read our findings in the policy briefing paper, which every team member was involved in producing: ‘United We Stand’ (2018).

Watch our film about the characteristics that make people resilient to drought-related stress and how policymaking can support some of these characteristics of resilience: ‘United We Stand Film’ (2018).

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