National Youth Service Learning Forum

Africa-wide Learning Forum on National Youth Service, Employability, Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Livelihoods

On November 25 and 26, 2013, government, civil society and private sector contributors held a two-day conference in Johannesburg, South Africa about the role of National Youth Service (NYS) in enhancing youth employability, entrepreneurship and sustainable livelihoods in the region.

The first day of the conference highlighted the overall size and scope of NYS programs in Sub-Saharan Africa, along with the ideal ways to prepare young people to be productive, employable and active citizens.

Day two of this conference was heavily supported by speakers from The MasterCard Foundation, South African National Treasury, University of Johannesburg, Khanya-African Institute for Community-Driven Development, and Catalyx Consulting. Overall, these presentations disseminated information on the importance of NYS programs for addressing challenges of youth unemployment in the region, as well as the pivotal role the private sector can have in  aiding these types of programs.

Learn more and view all of the presentations given at

Learn more about ICP and NYS in Sub-Saharan Africa.

This Learning Forum was supported by grants from The MasterCard Foundation and the National Treasury and Jobs Fund of the Republic of South Africa. The Forum was co-hosted by Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP) and Volunteer and Service Enquiry Southern Africa (VOSESA).

For more information, contact:

Susan Stroud
Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP)
1776 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20036
Phone (202) 775-0290