Ikage Youth Development Initiative, Johannesberg, South Africa. Photo > M.Willman

South Africa

South Africa is a culturally diverse nation with 11 official languages. The country has been on the path of democratic transition since the democratic elections in 1994. South Africa is now the continent’s biggest economy.

Fast facts
Development challenges

Country history

Since the 1990s, Australian volunteers have worked in health, education, and rural and community development. They have increasingly responded to the need for technical assistance in the non-government organisations (NGO) sector, and worked to strengthen civil society. 

Our country staff

Our priority areas

Improving governance

Volunteer assignments support non-government organisations to strengthen their mechanisms, processes, and practices through staff training and mentoring and building fundraising capacity.

Increasing participation and social inclusion

Volunteer assignments work with local organisations to strengthen their capacity to advocate for gender equality, disability inclusion and increasing participation of LGBT community.

Increasing participation and social inclusions

Through assignments that will address social fragmentation or conflict and increasing access to basic services particularly in rural and remote communities. Focus will be given to addressing the erosion of traditional governance structures and social or economic exploitation or exclusion.