Youth Policy Committee

The Youth Policy Committee (YPC) is a convening group that brings together youth organisations and young individuals to understand, comment and participate in policy processes that affect young people.

It was launched in mid-2014 by high school learners and university student alumni of our third annual Young Leaders Conference. Through this committee, we build networks with other young people and youth organisations in Africa and around the world.

The YPC is at a new point of growth and is reaching more interested student and learner clubs, youth organisations, young activists and researchers across South Africa, to offer age-appropriate capacity-building that develops policy participation and negotiations skills. 

There are several activities that the different working groups in the YPC are expected to undertake. This includes:

  • Policy input and participation
  • Site visits and fact-finding research
  • Stakeholder meetings/forums
  • Media and social media engagement
  • Awareness-raising and implementation of work

If you would like to join the YPC, kindly complete this registration form.

To find out more, contact

Youth@SAIIA working with young people across South Africa to address COVID-19 crisis

On 11 March 2020 the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) a pandemic. This global crisis is posing an existential threat to societies across the world as hundreds of thousands of lives are being lost to this deadly disease. As countries have tried to manage the pandemic, many existing social, economic, and environmental challenges have been exacerbated.

Our YPC is currently working remotely with young people across South Africa to analyse the impact of COVID-19 on the world and how it relates to the committee’s various working groups.

Over the coming weeks, we will share our statements and views of young people from our different thematic working groups.

Read their statement on tackling gender-based violence during South Africa’s phases of lockdown.

Youth@SAIIA working with South African youth to tackle climate change for a just transition to a green economy

Youth leaders of the 2020 #Team Europe Climate Diplomacy Week and Youth Dialogue – drawn from the youth programmes at the South African Institute of International Affairs (Youth@SAIIA) and WESSA Young Reporters for the Environment – presented their ideas at the virtual High-Level Closing of Climate Diplomacy Week on 23 September 2020.

Read their statement.

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