Youth Building Peace
Empowering young people in northeast Nigeria
Since 2009, the Boko Haram insurgency and subsequent responses to it have ravaged northeast Nigeria and the border regions of Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
In northeast Nigeria, young people are largely excluded from political, social and economic decision-making and as a result have become increasingly disengaged from society. This disillusionment has made them ideal targets for mobilisation by Boko Haram and other armed non-state actors. This has led to youth being stigmatised by government, security officials and local communities as the architects of violence. Alongside our partners, we're working to support young people in this region to prevent and respond to violent conflict.
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.
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.