Whether at the local or national level, we bring people together across dividing lines to discover and achieve shared goals. We work with those traditionally in power and those without a platform, often women and youth.



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Youth Consultations on Peace and Security: Findings from Focus Group Discussions and Interviews Including Hard to Reach Youth in Tunisia

This study is part of the Youth Consultations on Peace and Security in Tunisia after the UN Security Council adopted resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace, and Security acknowledging the critical role of youth to contribute to the sustainability of peace rather than stereotyping them as victims or perpetrators of violence. The research activities were implemented by Search in 2015 and funded by the United Nations Population Fund.

The study was based on a qualitative approach, with the objective of providing hard to reach young men and women from six localities in Tunisia the opportunity to express themselves about how they are most affected by violence.

Among the research findings, the study highlights women of all ages experience violence according to gender stereotypes and cultural social codes that impede their freedom and well-being. Women are still seen as the primary victims of violence and easy targets, but acts of violence are usually assigned to men. For young men between 15 to 25 the main source of violence is the police, perceived as enemies. The recommendations revolve around adopting personalized approaches aligned with the real needs of young people. It is also important to build trust with youth to ensure their effective engagement in peacebuilding programs.

Expanding Initiatives to Reduce Human Rights Abuses in Northern Nigeria

This baseline report is part of an 18 month project called “Expanding Initiatives to Reduce Human Rights Abuse in North-East Nigeria” funded by the department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor to strengthen engagement and advocacy processes of civil society organizations to address human rights abuses by security forces in the regions of Adamawa and Borno.

Even though impunity has reduced and the extent of human rights abuses taking place in the communities is slightly lower, there is still evidence of abuses despite past interventions. Some of the most common violations include arbitrary detention, extrajudicial killings, torture, and rape. Most of the respondents reported reliable information about human rights abuses can be obtained from community leaders, religious leaders, fiends, radio and television among others. Traditional systems of dealing with abuses are still predominant amongst the community. Search’s efforts have focused on facilitating dialogue, reporting, and monitoring of human rights violations to reduce abuses committed by security agencies in the country. Based on the formal channels of communication, Search facilitated communication platforms that have contributed to improving relationships, collaborations, and alliances with security agencies.

Among the recommendations developed from the report findings, one is to enhance media engagement on reporting, monitoring, and raising awareness on human rights abuses at community level. Introducing an innovative framework for the dialogue forums where human rights issues are at the core of the discussion through the use of participatory tools, problem tree analysis and solutions, and action planning.

From hostility to hope in Tanzania’s gold mines

Human rights abuses and violence have impacted livelihoods in communities around Tanzania’s mining sites. A Police Inspector is helping turn the tide.

From Screenings to Schooling

For farmers and herders in the community of Agbashi, Nigeria, violent conflict had become dangerously common — until a movie changed their world.

Introducing New Resources for Dialogue Experts in the MENA Region

We are proud to announce the publication of two new resources for dialogue practitioners: the Community Dialogue Design Manual and the Roster of Tunisian dialogue specialists.

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.

Religious Leaders Convene for the Protection of Holy Sites in Nigeria

On June 12-13, more than 50 religious leaders from the Nigerian Christian and Muslim communities met at our event in Abuja.