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The challenge for policymakers is that these patterns of violence and mobilisation do not fit well with established blueprints for conflict resolution or post-conflict recovery. Those seeking to help the Central African Republic move beyond its current crisis should look to reframe interventions, bringing the needs and views of young people to the forefront, reducing their vulnerability to re-recruitment.

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This publication has been produced with generous financial support from UK aid from the UK government. The research for this policy brief was co-funded by UK aid and the UN Secretary General’s Peacebuilding Fund. The contents of the publication are the sole responsibility of Conciliation Resources and the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the position of the Peacebuilding Fund or the UK government.