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South Africa should consider introducing youth service programmes in order to enable young people to participate in the implementation of development projects, acquire skills and contribute to finding solutions to its socio-economic challenges. By participating in the national youth programmes, young people will be able to gain the much needed work experience required in order to gain full employment, start their own businesses and become active participants in the country’s mainstream economy.
 
National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), stresses the need for South Africa to invest in national youth service programmes in order to tackle the multitude of challenges facing young people today. They believe that youth service is about ensuring that young people are at the forefront of promoting development in their communities and not as victims or burdens to society but rather as vital assets in promoting development and delivering services. NYDA says that many countries have made use of their national youth service programmes to build decent houses, fight HIV/AIDS and improve literacy.

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Giving enables philanthropists to support nonprofit organisations (NPOs) implementing programmes that are aimed at addressing the social challenges within communities. Apart from helping to improve the quality of life for the poor, donors also play a key role in helping NPOs to live up to their mandates.

GreaterGood South Africa, takes a closer look at the significance of giving and ways in which philanthropists should consider when supporting the work carried out by NPOs in communities. The organisation notes that most South African NPOs are struggling to secure funding for their projects, echoes the finding of the Giving Report II that, “…often donors are disappointed to learn that the funds they have contributed have not been appropriately spent and are reluctant to support other genuinely worthy projects.” Donors are advised to enter the ‘donor-advised fund’, which allows them to make a charitable contribution, receive an immediate tax benefit and then make grants to NPOs from the fund over time.

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