By Tasia N. Morgan and Dominique M. Spooner

South Africa: The Informal Job Economy

South Africa: The Informal Job Economy

[vimeo 72590992] The historic scarcity of work opportunities, resultant chronic high unemployment coupled with apartheid-era laws sparked an entrepreneurial spirit among many South Africans as a means of survival. Today, within townships such as Alexandra and Kliptown, many residents engage in what’s called the ‘informal economy.’ At the South African Institute of Race Relations, a team […]

 By Isaac Riddle

Youth Program Lifts Up Community

Youth Program Lifts Up Community

Like many recent college graduates Collen Tshazi returned home after earning his degree.  Unlike most young twenty-somethings it wasn’t the comforts of home or the need to save money that brought Tshazi back to where he started, it was the desire to give back to the community he came from. “I know that I can […]

 By Nicholas A Cutrona

The Kliptown Youth Program: Building A Community Through Engagement

The Kliptown Youth Program: Building A Community Through Engagement

[vimeo 72815154] Outside Johannesburg, South Africa lies Kliptown. Over 40,000 people reside in this informal settlement made up largely of tin shacks and decaying buildings. The Kliptown Youth Program (KYP) is a local treasure recently honored by CNN.  KYP is working to provide students with the resources they need to pursue higher education.  

 By Lauren Watson

South Africa: The Resilience of Kliptown

South Africa: The Resilience of Kliptown

Imagine living in a shack the size of most kitchens in the average American home. Because your mother has died from HIV/AIDS, you live with your younger siblings. Your sisters share a tattered double bed while your brothers sleep on the floor each night with only a blanket between their malnourished bodies and the soiled […]