Promoting Youth Opportunities in Durban’s Green Economy

Barbara Dourley is one of our current interns based in Durban, South Africa. Her work focuses on green economy. Thanks, Barbara!

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On Friday, April 15th, Imagine Durban co-hosted a Youth in the Green Economy Roundtable with Youth in Action, a youth-led NGO based in the township of KwaMashu, located in the outskirts of Durban. The event was the first of its kind in the eThekwini Municipality, exploring employment opportunities for youth in the eThekwini green economy.

Approximately 150 youth attended the seminar from the townships of Inanda, Ntuzuma, KwaMashu, Phoenix and Chatsworth. The mix of youth delegates included students from high schools and members of youth groups and university clubs.

Students speaking at the Youth Green Economy Roundtable. Photo by Barbara Dourley

The event program consisted of morning presentations by green economy “experts” who covered the topics of climate change, biodiversity, energy and urban agriculture. Each set of presentations was followed by a 20-minute Q&A interaction where youth delegates could ask questions and comment directly on the content of the presentations.

In the afternoon, the delegates organized into tables of ten for a breakout session. Each table had the opportunity to address a specific green economy sector and brainstorm ideas about how to engage youth in that sector. At the end of the breakout session, ambassadors from each table highlighted potential project ideas developed at their tables that would promote youth employment in the green economy.

Breakout Session at Youth Green Economy Roundtable - photo by Barbara Dourley

Following the Roundtable, Youth in Action and Imagine Durban will be creating a proposal to bring one or more of the project ideas identified during the seminar to life. With continued support from the partnerships that were created during the Roundtable planning process, we are expecting to see a youth in the green economy demonstration project materialize in the coming months.

Youth in the Green Economy Roundtable Steering Committee - photo by Barbara Dourley

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