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No Country for Young People: The Crisis of Youth Unemployment and What to Do About It

This report seeks to do three things. In the first section, we try to provide a clear account of the scale of the crisis of youth unemployment, making the point that the sheer number of unemployed young people means that South Africa needs to thin…

Business, Growth and Inclusion: Tackling Youth Unemployment in Cities, Towns and Townships

In this research report, CDE focuses on the 20 municipal regions with the highest number of unemployed young people and considers possible solutions that will have a significant impact in these, sometimes very different, locations. Youth unemploy…

Citizens in Action: How to Build Constructive Business-Government Relationships in Urban Areas

In this report, we focus on how to promote and sustain a momentum for growth and change at the municipal level. In Part One, we start by assessing what municipalities are empowered to do, and how they have different capacities to initiate solutions…

Inclusive Economic Growth

In a series of op-eds in Business Day, Ann Bernstein has called for a new approach to making South Africa’s economy more inclusive. With ultra-high levels of unemployment, the current approach is to compensate people for their exclusion rather than …

Building Better Cities: A New Approach to Housing and Urban Development

Since South Africa became a democracy, desperate people unable to find suitable and affordable housing have constituted a calamitous reality that keeps recurring. Like many pre Covid-19 challenges, the outbreak of the pandemic has increased attentio…

CDE Statement on Youth Unemployment 16 June 2021: Catastrophe

The latest Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) statistics confirm a shocking reality: three out of every four South Africans (74.7%) between the ages of 15 and 24 who want a job cannot find one. For those between the ages of 25 and 34, things are c…

South Africa's NEETs Crisis: Why we are Failing to Connect Young People to Work

The Covid-19 pandemic has devastated South Africa and created a plethora of inter-linked crises that threaten to overwhelm us. In this context, it is vital, as the quote from Paul Romer makes clear, not to lose sight of the youth unemployment catast…

Ten Million and Rising: What it would Take to Address South Africa's Jobs Bloodbath

South Africa’s unemployment crisis is the consequence of decades of inadequate growth coupled with some of the effects of globalisation, technological change and bad policy choices. There are limits to the pace at which this can be rolled back, so r…

COVID-19: Are We Asking the Right Questions about ...Youth Unemployment?

Policy reform in the post-Covid-19 world will be vital. Although there is a need to focus on immediate remedies, we also need to be simultaneously thinking about strategies to promote an economic recovery. In so doing, we will have to find ways to e…

COVID-19: Are We Asking the Right Questions about ... Poverty Reduction?

The Covid-19 pandemic and the measures we have taken to combat it are likely to leave all South Africans poorer for a long, long time. While we do not yet have the relevant data, some estimates of the number of jobs already lost run to well over a m…

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