Youth Participation in the Peace Process in South Sudan

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February 4, 2022

This policy brief has been produced as part of the ‘Strengthening Young Women’s Participation in Local and National Peace Processes in South Sudan’ 21-month long project which was funded by the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF). Between December 2019 and June 2021, Search for Common Ground (Search) worked in partnership with an array of organizations in South Sudan, including AnaTaban, Crown the Woman, National Women’s Empowerment & Rehabilitation Organization, Catholic Radio Network, and Eye Radio, Radio, to enhance the engagement of young men and in particular, young women in South Sudan’s peace processes. The project aimed to strengthen the ability of young women leaders and groups to work together to lead local and national-level peace efforts, to transform attitudes and behaviours towards women and youth and their role in South Sudan’s peace processes and to contribute guidance, best practices and lessons learned to the global field of youth engagement in peace and security.

The policy brief makes policy recommendations on how young people in South Sudan can become better engaged In the Room, Around the Room and Outside the Room. In order to further enhance the engagement of young people in South Sudan’s peace processes, these recommendations should be adopted by International Non-Governmental Organizations such as Search for Common Ground, the Revitalised Transitional Government of National Unity, political parties, and Civil Society Organizations.

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