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Employing a Listening approach, the research also sought to empower young people, providing them with a space in which they felt comfortable to reflect openly on their own situation. By sharing the experiences, views and concerns of young people with a wider audience, this report seeks to amplify the voices of young people, while also providing analysis for the development of policies and programmes, aimed at supporting the reintegration of young people returning from armed groups in northwestern Central African Republic (CAR).

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This publication has been produced with generous financial support from the UN Secretary General’s Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) and UK aid from the UK government. 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.


Smart Peace is a four-year UK Department for International Development (DFID)-funded programme (2018-2022) for strategic confict resolution. Smart Peace is implemented by a specialist consortium, led by Conciliation Resources, in partnership with International Crisis Group, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, the Asia Foundation, ETH Zurich, Behavioural Insights Team and Chatham House. The Smart Peace consortium combines expertise in confict analysis, community dialogue, elite mediation, evaluation, policy infuence and behavioural science to deliver targeted and adaptive confict resolution interventions in CAR, Myanmar and Nigeria. Smart Peace will share learning from practical experience to improve global policy and practice.