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The Determinants of Youth Clubs’ Sustainability in Fiji

  • Journal of Regional Studies and Development
  • Abbr : JRSD
  • 2019, 28(3), pp.1-25
  • DOI : 10.22739/ipaid.2019.28.3.1
  • Publisher : Institute for Poverty Alleviation and International Development: IPAID
  • Research Area : Social Science > Area Studies > Regional Studies in general > Comparative / Statistical Regional Studies
  • Received : January 11, 2019
  • Accepted : November 14, 2019
  • Published : December 30, 2019

Sovanivalu, Akuila 1 Chung, Moo-Kwon 2 Sang-Il Han 2 Young-Kyoo Joo 2

1Ministry of Youth and Sports in Fiji, Fiji Islands
2연세대학교

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ABSTRACT

Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) of Fiji has currently registered 2,929 youth clubs in 2016, however, only 39% of the total registered clubs are seen to be sustainable or active. This research concentrated on finding out the determinants that influence youth clubs’ sustainability. Data from 387 youth clubs in rural areas from the Central Division of MYS were screened and tested by various statistical analyses including a logistic regression model that membership, leadership and socio-economic factors including adoption of entrepreneurship influenced the youth club sustainability. From various determinants, assistance is an important factor to the clubs of Community Based Organizations. Government support could increase sustainability nearly 2.2 years longer than self-help club average. The leadership factors including reporting system and strategic plans have significant relations to the sustainability of the youth club. Those system and plan are to be instigated by the youth club leaders in collaboration and agreement with its members. Among the determinant factors, adoption of entrepreneurship to youth club comes out very significant determinant that youth clubs need to strongly consider to be sustainable. According to this logistic regression, adoption of enterprising showed almost 6 times more active compare than without entrepreneurship. There is paramount need for youth clubs in Fiji to balance their obligation and to concurrently carry out their strong desire to serve the community in their social capacity and at the same time generate income to help sustain the organization. There are also profound policy recommendations which can influence the strategic direction of the youth clubs, MYS and its key stakeholders especially in the areas of collaboration and training.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.