Forum Discussion Paper The state of youth volunteering in Africa: stepping back so that young people can step forward

This is the eighth in a series of discussion papers produced by the International FORUM on Development Service (FORUM), which follows on from our research work on trends in international volunteering and co-operation in recent years. One of the key issues identified in this time has been the state of youth volunteering in Africa and how this affects us as International Volunteer and Co-operation Organisations (IVCOs).

This paper aims to consider some of the implications of the state of youth volunteering in Africa, what we can learn from this, and identify some challenges for the future.

The views expressed in this paper are not necessarily those of FORUM or its members/Associate members or of the organisations for whom the authors works. The responsibility for these views rests with the authors alone.

Dimity Fifer,
Chair of Forum

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