n Commonwealth Youth and Development - HIV / Aids : the challenges for young people

Volume 5, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1727-7140



The HIV/Aids epidemic, combined with the demographic, cultural, social and economic factors associated with those living in poverty, presents a significant challenge in establishing sustainable livelihoods. As a group, young women and men are marginalised in society, which results in limited access to resources, including kinship networks, education, land, technology and little or no interaction with formal institutions. Young women in particular, are affected in a disproportionate manner.

The overall goals of this paper are to:

  1. articulate how the cultural and social position of young people limits their choices and makes them vulnerable to HIV/Aids
  2. demonstrate how global productivity and security will hinge on developing young people's full potential and engaging them not only as beneficiaries, but also as participants and problem-solvers

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