This year the UN’s International Youth Day celebrates young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation, as well as inclusion, social justice and sustainable peace.
Conciliation Resources is working with young people around the world to support them in building long-term, sustainable peace in their communities.
Supporting young people to prevent conflict in the DRC
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, young people make up 65% of the population, but are often excluded from political processes and viewed as agitators of conflict. We’re working to strengthen young people’s involvement in conflict prevention in areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
Building a vision for peace in Kashmir
Our partners in Kashmir have been working with over 6,000 young people on both sides of the Line of Control to help them build a better, more peaceful future.Their work seeks to understand and communicate the needs and concerns of the young people; support the meeting of youth from across divided parts of Kashmir and provide space for them to articulate ideas about how to work together towards a better future.
Empowering young people to build peace in Nigeria
One of the main causes of religious tensions in the central Nigerian city of Jos is growing youth militancy, drug abuse, radicalism and recruitment into gangs involved in violent crime. Young people often face a situation of exclusion, unemployment and hopelessness.
Conciliation Resources supported a community-based initiative called Youth Platforms for Peace. The initiative supported youth gang members to reintegrate them into their communities and ease religious tensions.
Bangui’s next generation brings hope for peace
In the Central African Republic, we’ve been working with local peace committees to help reduce tensions within their communities. Ngala is chairman of one of these committees, which works to include more young people in community peacebuilding initiatives.