Global Evaluation of Children & Youth Participation in Peacebuilding

Multi-agency, multi-country, multi-donor evaluation on children, youth participation in peacebuilding (3M)

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Young people constitute the majority of the population in many countries. Well over half of the 1 billion people who live in contexts of conflict and violence are children. Our organizations value the protection and participation of these most vulnerable and creative social groups. Children and youth are already building peace effectively in their communities. We need to explore their potential, and define their contribution; responding to this challenge is critical to our own values. We wish to improve existing peacebuilding practices, and build a rigorous evidence base on Children and Youth participation, developed through a multi-agency, multi-country, multi-donor evaluation, that will work to strengthen the impact and architecture of peacebuilding programs, in order to achieve societal transformation. Such a global evaluation of CYPP has never been carried out; it will focus on Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nepal. The evaluation is a collaborative initiative by the Partnership for Children and Youth in Peacebuilding. The Partnership is composed of agencies, individuals, institutes and organizations collaboratively working to support children and youth effective participation in peace processes, across the individual, community, regional and global levels. The Project Leadership Group, consisting of PATRIR, Save the Children Norway, Search for Common Ground, the United Network of Young Peacebuilders and World Vision, is implementing this project.

The purpose of the evaluation is to:

  1. Systematically and rigorously assess the impact and effectiveness of Children and Youth Participation in Peacebuilding – what is working, how and why; and by what criteria.
  2. Learn and understand what is being done, and document how young people affected by war and violence have transformed into agents of peace
  3. Better understand how to positively impact Children and Youth Participation in Peacebuilding (CYPP); develop a deeper understanding of how CYPP contributes to benefitting younger age groups and society.
  4. Identify, make visible and make sense of achievements, gaps, challenges, difficulties and keys to the success of CYPP programs.
  5. Identify concrete measures and practical steps to improve the quality of our future work with CYPP, as well as in peacebuilding, peacemaking, peacekeeping, peace processes and peace consolidation.

For more information on how you can support this effort, please contact Saji Prelis, sprelis@sfcg.org, Director of Children & Youth Programs at SFCG and Co-Chair of the Partnership for Children and Youth in Peacebuilding.

Visit the Global Partnership’s website.