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The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the UCT Graduate School of Business is a globally ranked centre of excellence dedicated to advancing social innovation and entrepreneurship. Their mission is to build capacity and knowledge– with partners, practitioners and students – to advance the discourse and systemic impact of social innovation. Their work covers various sectors including innovative finance, systems change, social entrepreneurship, education, youth development and healthcare.

Their podcast, Just For a Change, promotes solutions to some of the systemic challenges individuals face in the Global South, such as youth unemployment.

Youth Unemployment in context.

The Quarterly Labour Force Survey for Q2 in 2021 confirms that youth unemployment needs a systemic solution. With 9.1 million young people are not in education, employment or training, there is no time to waste.

The youth unemployment numbers can be overwhelming; they can make us think twice about the power we have, as individuals, to promote change; however, the podcast Just For a Change brings us back to the small shifts that can have a great ripple effect in our society.

In this episode, Youth Capital’s Project Lead Kristal Duncan-Williams joins Luvuyo Maseko, who heads up the youth innovation portfolio at the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Dr Solange Rosa, director of the Bertha Centre and Zimbabwean-based Bertha Scholar, Hillary Musarurwa to discuss small shifts that promote youth employment.

What are the questions?

When it comes to youth unemployment, it’s critical that we identify the correct questions to answer. In the episode, the guests answers questions such as what are some small shifts that can drive systemic change? What is the role of collaborations in driving these conversations? How can we tackle these issues head-on so that we don’t have another generation of young people repeating cycles of unemployment and poverty?

At Youth Capital, the Action Plan grounds the most urgent roadblocks to address; problem mapping opens the door to plans that anchor solutions.

Read more about Youth Capital’s Action Plan

Listen to the full episode of Just for a Change.
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