Coordinated by the British Council, in partnership with Business and Arts South Africa, LifeCo UnLtd South Africa and Digify Africa, and funded by the European Union, COSY (Creating Opportunity for South Africa’s Youth) aims to enable young people aged 15 – 25 years, particularly young women, in rural and semi-rural areas to be more active agents in achieving sustainable growth in South Africa by building their capacity to become creative, digital and social entrepreneurs and by increasing their employability. All partners have extensive experience in different areas of youth development in South Africa.

A community mapping exercise was undertaken to provide greater insight and understanding into the environment and support systems currently in place in the communities identified for the implementation of the COSY project, and the mapping report was launched in Johannesburg on 13 December 2017.  Following this, the curriculum was finalised and “Taster Events” were held early in 2018 providing each community and its young people with an introduction and greater understanding of what the programme will deliver. These were designed as showcase events to introduce the programme and gain community buy-in, and drive applications for the training programmes beginning later in 2018.  

The current intake of COSY delegates is almost complete, and a new call for applications will be released in 2019.

For more information on the COSY Programme, please contact Onthatile Ditshego on or 011 447 2295.