In South Africa, The city Inkululeko operates out of is located in the Eastern Cape Province in the Makana Municipality. According to Youth Explorer, in Makana, the youth (15-24) unemployment rate is 54.6% and the rate of youth who are not in employment, education or training is 33.7%. Furthermore, 61% per cent of youth live in income-poor households limiting the opportunities for them to realise their potential. In Kenya, youth are experiencing much higher unemployment rates than the rest of the Kenyan population. The Standard media group reported that out of a working age population of 24 million, one in every six young Kenyans is unemployed. It quoted data from the World Bank that indicated that youth unemployment in Kenya has averaged 20 per cent in the last 10 years, rising from 17.1 per cent in 2011 to 17.4 per cent in 2014. The large numbers of youth outside both higher education and the labour market are, according to the partners, root causes for the large amount of young people being poor and marginalised. The partners therefore participate in the exchange project to make youth more employable and to involve more youth in academia or the labour market.
The partners co-operate on identifying the best support they can offer youth from poor communities, and on providing academic and business training that prepares them for gainful employment and possibly future academic studies. The mutual goal for the partner organisations is to ensure that the youth gain leadership skills and get opportunities to use those skills. The aim is that they can demonstrate improved resilience in solving unemployment problems through well defined project activities such as use of digital skills, agribusiness, community engagement, employability, entrepreneurship skills and literacy programs.
In Inkululeko the participant work on social entrepreise the Common Ground Cafe, where the will work on increasing youth-led leadership and involvement in the social business. For Destined Youth Initative Kenya the participants will focus on improving the academic support to high school learners, and increasing the social enterprise skills among the youth connected to Destined Youth. All exchange participants will work on awareness and workshop facilitation.