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

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, […]

Youth technology training in South Africa
Youth technology training in South Africa
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 […]

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 […]

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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