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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Zimbabwe | November 1, 2017

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: A Stepping Stone for Emerging Scholars in Africa

This is a cross-post from Research Matters, a digital forum that focuses on emerging research in the social sciences by those who have been recipients of Social Science Research Council funding. Ruth Murambadoro is a three-time recipient of the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa fellowship, and is the first PhD candidate working on transitional justice and […]

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