Essays

Essays present critical analysis and debate on a pressing issue in African peacebuilding.

Special Issue: African Youth—Generation Next for Peacebuiding? | November 9, 2017

Interfaith Dialogue on Violent Extremism: Putting Youth in the Driver’s Seat!

Since 2000, the issue of violent extremism has risen to the highest levels of national, regional, and global concern. While prevention is generally pursued through coercive hard power such as military-dominated peace support operations and surveillance, this has proven effective only to a certain extent. It has also come at a high cost, both financially […]

8 August 2011. El Fasher: Yusra Suleiman al Toum Ahmed, 16 years old, originally from Mellit but currently living in El Fasher. Member of the Parilament of Students, the Koranic organization and the Students Union in El Fasher. She wants to become journalist and to improve her country. Pictures during the interview in Crimsons Lights. Photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran - UNAMID
Special Issue: African Youth—Generation Next for Peacebuiding? | November 9, 2017

Obstacles to, and Prospects for Youth Mobilization and Emancipation in Africa

As the group with least control over the means of production, and who, on account of their age have the largest stake in Africa’s future, it is unsurprising that Africa’s youth remain in the vanguard of opposition politics. Take for example Kenya’s political opposition, which draws support largely from the youth, or Cameroon, where youth have […]

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Special Issue: African Youth—Generation Next for Peacebuiding? | November 9, 2017

A Call for Constructive Engagement: Youth, Violence, and Peacebuilding in the Mano River Basin Area

For the last six decades, political elites have disadvantaged, marginalized, and infantilized young people in the Mano River Basin, a region comprising Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. In the 1980s many youths in this region found themselves unemployed and in search of a means of survival, identity, and a place in their society. […]

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Special Issue: African Youth—Generation Next for Peacebuiding? | November 9, 2017

Transforming Youth Anti-Crime Networks into Job Opportunities in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo

The dangers associated with the youth unemployment crisis in Africa have often been linked to political violence and civil unrest, with some experts referring the current situation on the continent as a “ticking time bomb.” A World Bank survey in 2011 showed that roughly forty percent of those who joined rebel movements claim they were […]

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