Special Issue: African Youth—Generation Next for Peacebuiding?
Africa is currently experiencing unprecedented population growth, characterized in part by a booming youth demographic. “Youth”—defined by the African Union’s African Youth Charter as individuals between the ages of fifteen and thirty-five—today constitute roughly three-fifths of Africa’s total population. The United Nations estimates that by 2050 there will be 2.5 billion people in Africa; in […]
New Threats to Africa’s Peace and Security: the Role of Youth in Preventing Conflicts and Building Sustainable Peace
Today, more than 600 million young people globally live in fragile and conflict-affected areas, a large proportion of them in Africa. 1 Considering that a rising youth population in Africa—the fastest growing in the world —intersects with a number of threats to peace and security on the continent, it is no wonder that this growth, […]
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 […]
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 […]