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Youth Participation in the Fight Against AIDS in South Africa: from Policy to Practice

by Andy Gibbs; Catherine Campbell; Sbongile Maimane; Yugi Nair; Zweni Sibiya

Jan 1, 2009

The paper highlights three major obstacles which might be tackled more explicitly in future projects: (i) reluctance by community adults to recognise the potential value of youth inputs, and an unwillingness to regard youth as equals in project structures; (ii) lack of support for meaningful youth participation by external health and welfare agencies involved in the project; and (iii) the failure of the project to provide meaningful incentives to encourage youth involvement.