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As Young Peacebuilders’ newest Communications Manager I would like to share a couple of recommendations on some informative resources I had recently come across. These are just a few of my favorites, please share your own recommendations in the comments below or consider submitting to write a guest blog!
Earlier this month the United States Institute of Peace hosted an event with Search for Common Ground to discuss the power of young people working for peace and equality. If you missed the live stream watch the full recording here http://www.usip.org/events/the-power-of-youth-working-peace-and-equality and join in the discussion on social media using #youth4peace.
Last year The Global Partnership for Children and Youth in Peacebuilding and Search for Common Ground met in Washington, with the Washington Network on Children and Armed Conflict, to discuss children and youth in peacebuilding. Young Peacebuilders’ Dr. Michael McGill was one of the speakers on an evidence based approach to breaking cycles of violence. Watch it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0jhClxpJp0.
Search for Common Ground and the Washington Network on Children and Armed Conflict also met last year to discuss Marc Sommer’s book The Outcast Majority: War, Development and Youth in Africa. This discussion centered on strategies for engaging young people to address conflict and development in Africa. Watch it here https://plus.google.com/events/ciomhgian7ol0773s4vvbib0f4g.
Marc Sommers The Outcast Majority: War, Development and Youth in Africa (2015)
Amazon summary: “The Outcast Majority invites policymakers, practitioners, academics, students, and others to think about three commanding contemporary issues; war, development, and youth; in new ways. The starting point is the following irony: while African youth are demographically dominant, most see themselves as members of an outcast minority. The irony directly informs young people’s lives in war-affected Africa, where differences separating the priorities of youth and those of international agencies are especially prominent. Drawing on interviews with development experts and young people, Marc Sommers shines a light on this gap and offers guidance on how to close it. He begins with a comprehensive consideration of forces that shape and propel the lives of African youth today, particularly those experiencing or emerging from war. They are contrasted with forces that influence and constrain the international development aid enterprise. The book concludes with a framework for making development policies and practices significantly more relevant and effective for youth in areas affected by African wars and other places where vast and vibrant youth populations reside.”
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