Young People and Relational Wellbeing in 12 Countries in the Global South

Young People and Relational Wellbeing in 12 Countries in the Global South

The Swiss philanthropy, Fondation Botnar, has recently partnered with South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) and Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) to develop a research programme on young people and relational wellbeing (YPRWB). The programme will focus on 12 countries in the Global South (Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania, South Africa, Romania, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam), in four thematic areas (livelihoods, climate change, digitilisation, and mental health).

As part of the process of developing the call for research proposals and the implementation framework of the programme, a 3-day virtual consultative workshop will take place from 20-22 September with key stakeholders to:

  • Discuss the concept of relational wellbeing, especially how it relates to the Global South;
  • Further understand the needs of, and research agendas relevant to, urban youth;
  • Glean shared wisdom from participants which can be incorporated into devising the research call; and
  • Begin to form a community of practice and identify individuals who can serve as members of the programme advisory group.

Why participate?

  • Have an opportunity to share your knowledge and experience in shaping a research programme (including a call for research proposals), thereby increasing the contextual relevance to work in support of young people in the 12 focus countries; and
  • Become part of a community of practice around young people and relational wellbeing that can strengthen existing and new work, in both academic and civil society spheres, locally and internationally.

Target participants for the workshop

  • NRF Partner science granting councils in each of the 12 countries;
  • Youth-led/youth-focused organisations and young people in the focus countries; and
  • Academics/researchers (and postgraduate students) working on topics related to urban young people and relational wellbeing in one or more of the thematic areas.


  • While different groupings are invited to participate directly in the workshop on each day, workshop participants are welcome to attend all three days.
  • The full programme will be emailed to registered participants in the week prior to the workshop.

To register for the workshop, register here:

For more information on the consultative workshop, send an email to Ms Refilwe Mashigo at r.mashigo[at]

Programme below:

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