The u’GOOD research programme is a multilateral, multi-partner, and multi-year partnership between Fondation Botnar, the National Research Foundation (South Africa) and the Human Sciences Research Council (South Africa).

Launch Session Overview

Introducing u'GOOD: A research programme centering young people and relational wellbeing in the Global South

The u’GOOD research programme, a multilateral, multi-partner, and multi-year partnership between Fondation Botnar, the National Research Foundation (South Africa) and the Human Sciences Research Council (South Africa), seeks to accelerate research into the wellbeing of young people, particularly those who live in the Global South. More specifically, it seeks to draw on the recent exciting insights and advances in scholarship on relational wellbeing. A focus on relational wellbeing offers important opportunities for advancing social inquiry, understanding problems, and elevating solutions for young people in innovative ways.

Relational wellbeing posits that wellbeing is inherently relational, co-constructed in relationships between people, with the environment, through beliefs (cultures, traditions, religions), societal structures and the policy and support landscape. In addition to developing relational wellbeing as a theoretical and conceptual approach, the research programme will fund applied research at the intersection of youth wellbeing and livelihoods, climate change, mental health, and digitalisation.

The Speakers

u'GOOD Launch Speakers

Below are the biographies of our esteemed speakers for the u'GOOD Launch.

Dr Fulufhelo Nelwamondo

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Prof Sharlene Swartz

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Dr Sepo Hachigonta

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Dr Gugu Moche

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Roshni Nuggehalli

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Prof Mariano Rojas

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Prof Leickness Simbayi

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Dr Aline Cossy-Gantner

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Thandiwe Matthews

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Launch of u’GOOD

Programme

Moderator: Dr Sepo Hachigonta, Acting Executive Director, Business Advancement, National Research Foundation.

9:00 - 9:30 Launch of u’GOOD - Dr Fulufhelo Nelwamondo, CEO, National Research Foundation, South Africa
- Dr Aline Cossy-Gantner, Chief Development Officer, Fondation Botnar
- Prof Leickness Simbayi, Deputy CEO, Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa
9:30 - 10:20 Panel discussion on studying the youth wellbeing - Prof. Sharlene Swartz, Divisional Executive, Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa
- Roshni Nuggehalli, Executive Director, YUVA, India
- Prof. Mariano Rojas, Professor of Economics, Tecnológico Nacional de México.
- Respondent: Thandiwe Matthews, Lawyer and PhD Student, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
10:20 - 10:30 Closing remarks - Closing remarks by Dr Gugu Moche, Deputy CEO: RIISA, National Research Foundation, South Africa

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The u’GOOD research programme is a multilateral, multi-partner, and multi-year partnership between Fondation Botnar, the National Research Foundation (South Africa) and the Human Sciences Research Council (South Africa).

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