"Commonwealth Youth and Development" is a new biannual journal and an important source for people interested in the interface between youth and development.
The Institute for Continuing Education, University of South Africa (UNISA), in collaboration with the Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP), has established a new journal for academics and practitioners involved in the youth development field. The first edition of the journal was launched at Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting (CYMM) in Botswana in May 2003. The foreword was written by the Commonwealth Secretary-General, HE Don McKinnon.
UNISA is one of 27 universities across the Commonwealth involved in delivering the Pan-Commonwealth Diploma in Youth Development Work to over 4,000 students in 45 countries. In 1999 and 2000, at meetings of the regional moderators and of partners institutions in Asia and Africa, Universities repeatedly raised the point that no journal exists that is geared at academics and practitioners involved in youth and development work. This major gap has now been filled by the collaborative efforts of UNISA, the CYP and numerous academics from the four regions of the Commonwealth who serve on the editorial board, or who contribute manuscripts.
The journal provides a platform for people working in the field of youth work, but specifically in a developing context, to publish research, work in progress, and experiences in practice. The journal is an important resource that will serve as a reference for youth-in-development practitioners and academics engaged in debate. It also serves as an instrument where youth-in-development practitioners, academics and generally people interested in youth development work will share ideas, research, information and skills that will enhance the profession and the activities of the people involved in youth work at all levels.
The target audience of Commonwealth Youth and Development includes:
The journal focuses on youth work within the context of developing states. Different sections within the journal allows for inputs from academics, reporting on research, and input from the field and youth practitioners themselves. The journal comprises the following sections: