Children & Youth

#Youth4Peace

At 1.8 billion, today’s young people are the largest generation in human history. What would happen if we unleashed their potential for peace?

Expanding the Role of Youth in Building Peace, Security

Join us on August 8 for a discussion of new ideas and resources for strengthening the role of youth who are reducing violence.

Preventing Violent Extremism Through Comic Books

Our comic book Youmiyyat Daly helps share positive values of tolerance and understanding among Tunisian youth.

Mapping a Sector: Bridging the Evidence Gap on Youth-Driven Peacebuilding

As part of the implementation of UNSCR 2250, we led a Global Survey of youth-led peacebuilding organizations with UNOY. Read the full report here.

Meet Me at the Maksani: A Mapping of Influencers, Networks, and Communication Channels in Kenya and Tanzania

Radicalization across East Africa has increased in recent years, affecting both Kenya and Tanzania; Kenya on a larger scale. Search conducted this research to map key influencers, networks and communication channels that drive and prevent violent extremism, with the goal of informing more effective programming. The mapping methodology was based on social network analysis (SNA), and the findings validated in a civil society workshop.

The mapping revealed that poverty and unemployment were the most common frustrations people were dealing with, and that they turned to their friends most often for solutions. This suggests a diluted influence of religious and community leaders, though they likely still have indirect influence. CSOs had very little influence, and need to improve their coordination of efforts. Though most of the advice given is non-violent, it lacks focused action and so is less easy advice to follow than the action-oriented recruitment to VE. Existing channels for communication should be leveraged to increase awareness of concrete non-violent actions to take in response to the pressures they face. While progress has been made in Kenya (and to a lesser extent in Tanzania) towards overcoming this barrier to more effective VE programming, there is still work to be done in both countries.

Saji Prelis receives the 2017 Outstanding Peace Support Prize

The Luxembourg Peace Prize recognized our own Saji Prelis for his work over the last two decades in promoting peace.

Defying fear: a Nepali woman’s dream to don the uniform

Mamta grew up fearing police officers — until she participated in our football clinic and met some of them on the pitch.