Research scientist changing lives of learners from underprivileged schools

This article appeared in the August 2018 Edition of the SDG Bulletin South Africa. The SDG Bulletin South Africa is a collaborative product of the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, the United Nations in South Africa and the South African SDG Hub.

  Many underprivileged schools have no lab space or chemicals, however, the teachers are expected to present and assess a prescribed pr…

MEDIA ADVISORY: Major South African publication on the Sustainable Development Goals to be launched

[Pretoria, South Africa] On 6 August 2018 at 11:00 the South African SDG Hub, hosted by the University of Pretoria, will launch a major South African publication on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With contributions from the South African government, the United Nations, the European Union and academia, the publication titled Implementing the SDGs in South Africa: Challenges and Opportun…

The Fourth Industrial Revolution - Networking the African way

This article is written by African Youth Empowerment for the July 2018 Edition of the SDG Bulletin South Africa. The SDG Bulletin South Africa is a collaborative product of the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, the United Nations in South Africa and the South African SDG Hub.  

As the world goes into a new age of technology, where everything is automated and communication is digit…

South Africa launches STI Foresight 2018

The 2018 National Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Foresight initiative has recently been launched by the National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI). The outputs of this exercise will inform the development of the next ten-year national plan for STI. This plan will shape, at a national level, the allocation of resources to STI-related priorities, aimed at the socio-economic developmen…

African Youth: An opportunity awaits

Written by the founder of African Youth Empowerment, Tinotenda Maveneka with contributions from Darryl Nyamutsamba and Amanda Murimba for the SDG Bulletin South Africa (June 2018)

Africa's people are the youth. The youth of Africa are the majority of the continent's population with the average age of Africa at 19.5 years. Africa is the youngest continent in the world and with that state…

Partnering to change the face of Africa’s development – Youth for Africa and SDGs (YAS)

Written by YAS for the SDG Bulletin South Africa (June 2018)

On 26 June 2018, at the second Responsible Business Forum in South Africa, UNDP in partnership with Accenture launched YAS – a portal-platform for Africa’s young entrepreneurs. The portal-platform supports the development and growth of youth entrepreneurship in Africa by providing the following pillars of support:

  • LEARN - Learning to he…
Providing YES solutions for youth unemployment

Written by YES for the SDG Bulletin South Africa (June 2018)  

Six million young people out of work is a crisis for South Africa; our future workforce is not being educated, trained or employed. Compounding this, the longer people are out of work, the harder it is for them to re-enter the workforce. Worse still, 56% of the million young people entering the job market each year don’t have a matric…

Briefing Note on SDG co-ordination good practices released

The South African SDG Hub recently released a Briefing Note on the the features of effective SDG co-ordination mechanisms. 

Based on existing good practices it identifies (i) high-level political buy-in, (ii) mandate to promote policy coherence, (iii) inclusivity, (iv) capacity for effective communication, (v) accountability towards stakeholders, and (vi) an adequate budget.

The full report can be …

Implementation of the national food and nutrition security policy

This article is written for and published in the SDG Bulletin South Africa (May 2018).  

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) County Office in South Africa and the Sub Regional Office for Southern Africa have continued to provide ongoing Technical Assistance to the Government of South Africa on Food and Nutrition Security (FNS). This mainly involves supporting the development and impleme…

Young African scientists and the interface of policy and food security

Written by Edith Shikumo (Academy of Science of South Africa) for the SDG Bulletin South Africa (May 2018)

Food security is an integral part of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)that deal with poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education and responsible consumption and production. The Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA2024) n…