So much is said about the place of young people in the future of every nation’s life but in most African countries the needs of young people today remain largely unmet, undermining their potential in future. When lucky enough to get any education, they often find no employment. Young females continue to be denied much needed education in many areas. Girl-children and female adolescents are worst hit. In conflict and post-conflict areas, the situation is further aggravated, with many suffering trauma and similar mental health issues.
To address these and related issues, much is required of government leadership and support action. However, there is wide scope for non-governmental organizations to complement and supplement government effort. MSA is reviving and strengthening its original focus on YYSOs that address the social development situation and needs of adolescents and young people to complement government efforts. The work of MSA will support nurturing, mentoring and general capacity development of YYSOs in social development. MSA’s resource allocation formula is being restructured accordingly. Twenty-five (25) percent of donated resources received will be allocated to developing, refining and updating MSA’s methods and tools for supporting organization capacity development. The bulk of donated resources received (60%) will be used to fund YYSOs in need but unable to pay for capacity building/organization development support. The remaining 15% will be allocated to general management and administrative needs in supporting YYSOs. See the WHAT WE DO page for more information on the work of MSA.