Building capabilities, enhancing participation?: A study of the extent and limitations of youth participation in community development

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dc.contributor.author Pillay, Pearl Grabriella
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-15T05:29:40Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-15T05:29:40Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Pillay, Pearl Gabriella (2017) Building capabilities, enhancing participation?: A study of the extent and limitations of youth participation in community development, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, <https://hdl.handle.net/10539/24484>
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10539/24484
dc.description A research report submitted to the Faculty of Humanities, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Political Studies, Johannesburg, March 2017 en_ZA
dc.description.abstract The role of youth in development in South Africa is of increasing concern to development practitioners. Figuring out how to maximise youth participation in a way that is meaningful is often difficult, particularly in national discourse around development. This is important because of the centrality of youth in demographic trends as well as the role of citizen participation in advancing democracy. Currently, the scope for meaningful youth participation in South Africa is limited because of access to opportunities for participation, and a perception of social status as a requirement for involvement in development; this, coupled by a lack of political will and the inability to adopt people-centred approaches to development mean that youth participation is often ignored in development processes. Within these contexts, this paper looks to assess whether there is a developmental environment which is conducive to meaningful youth participation. Through an analysis of field data obtained through interviews with youth in Tembisa as well as National Planning Commissioners, this paper analyses the scope of youth participation as it related to the National Development Plan. This data draws conclusions about youth perceptions of development, the National Development Plan and their role in national development. It also draws conclusions about the ways the National Planning Commission envisions the role of youth in the implementation of the plan, as well as their role in creating an enabling environment for youth participation. These insights are grounded in a theory of a democratic developmental state and the Capabilities Approach, assessing which approach to development would best create an environment for meaningful youth participation en_ZA
dc.format.extent Online resource (119 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.subject.lcsh Youth in development--South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Community development--South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Rural development projects--South Africa
dc.title Building capabilities, enhancing participation?: A study of the extent and limitations of youth participation in community development en_ZA
dc.type Thesis en_ZA
dc.description.librarian XL2018 en_ZA


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