Phase 2: Towards implementing a Basic Package of Support (BPS) for young people who are NEET

The BPS model that emerged out of phase 1 implies both a transversal policy approach and a youth-centred programmatic intervention. The summary report and underlying body of work from phase 1 carefully set out the various building blocks of the BPS intervention, founded on a review of international best practices. While the project team proposed a pilot of the BPS in different South African municipalities, they also put forward an overarching, national institutional framework that can both ensure sufficient resource allocation and safeguard the quality, integrity and coherence of the intervention when rolled out at scale.

In 2020, the second phase of the project focuses on preparing for the roll out of a viable, implementable pilot of the BPS. The work continues in collaboration with phase 1 partners – SALDRU, J-PAL Africa; Centre for Social Development in Africa, University of Johannesburg; the DG Murray Trust, The Jobs Fund – and new partners, including the National Pathway Management Network of the Presidential Youth Employment Intervention, Harambee and OpenUp.

Components of the work are funded and provided with technical support by the Capacity Building Programme for Employment Promotion, funded by the European Union and based in the Government Technical Advisory Centre. The DG Murray Trust is funding, and taking the lead on, the development of various crucial tools for the efficient and accurate working of the BPS. UNICEF South Africa, together with the National Youth Development Agency and the Western Cape Government, is funding the first BPS pilot that will be launched in Atlantis in August 2021. The verification and mapping of service delivery information on the Youth Explorer is receiving additional funding via the World Bank and, later in 2021, from the Agence Française de Développement as part of the Research Facility on Inequality funded by the European Union.

The BPS model that will be piloted emphasises offering face-to-face, tailored and multi-faceted support that meets the various needs of a young person. It combines peer-to-peer outreach, guidance counselling, referral to services within a community of practice, and are supported by a case management system that ensures a continuum of support in the long term.

Click image to view the overall ecosystem into which the BPS fits.

Crucial to the working of the BPS is also the building of local communities of practice (CoPs) to support both young people and the services and opportunities that exist for them. For those local CoPs to be effective, they need to be nested within and supported by a broader CoP that spans across national and provincial levels of governance, involving departments relevant to the well-being of youth (the national institutional framework).

The objectives of this phase of the project are, therefore, to:

  • develop and nurture multi-sectoral CoPs at national, provincial and local government levels;
  • prepare for pilots of the BPS in four selected communities in two provinces of South Africa.

These objectives will be achieved through the following workstreams and partnerships under SALDRU’s leadership:

  1. Continued engagement, advocacy and communication about the programme to:
    • the broader public, policymakers and prospective funding partners;
    • young people and their communities.
  2. The development and testing of practical project tools, led by the DG Murray Trust in collaboration and consultation with partners, such as for:
    • the assessment and referral of young people;
    • the action plan development;
    • the training curriculum for the guidance workers and mobilisers;
    • the starter pack material.
  3. The exploration, assessment and preparation of pilot sites, which will require additional collaboration with various partners and across the two selected provinces.
  4. Continued engagement with governmental and non-governmental stakeholders to build the CoPs at various levels of governance and to continue to grow the broader BPS coalition of partners.
  5. The development of a local-level Community of Practice Protocol and the invitation of and collaboration with CoP partners in each of the chosen pilot locations.
  6. The development and testing of a service mapping approach and tools through a partnership between SALDRU, OpenUp, and other partners, and with guidance from The Presidency.
  7. The development and testing of the referral and case management systems, aspects of which are explored in conversation with Harambee and potential other partners.
  8. Refining and finalising the M&E framework and possible tools, in collaboration with J-PAL Africa and other partners.

By collaborating with other BPS consortium partners as well as the National Pathway Management Team, this phase of the project will support – and be supported by – the current critical moment of focus on youth in the national policy environment, increasing its chances for wider institutional support and continued roll-out following the pilots.

Read about phase 1 of the project, or go back to the project page.