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UNOY Report - Beyond Dividing Lines. The reality of youth-led peacebuilding in Afghanistan, Colombia, Libya and Sierra Leone

‘Beyond Dividing Lines. The reality of youth-led peacebuilding in Afghanistan, Colombia, Libya and Sierra Leone' was recently published by our CSPPS member the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY). The report documents and examines young people’s roles in peacebuilding in these countries, their barriers and motivators, as well as the perceived impacts! Together with member organisations from each of the four focus countries, Afghans for Progressive Thinking (Afghanistan), Fundación Escuelas de Paz (Colombia), Together we Build It (Libya), and Youth Participation in Peace and Development (Sierra Leone), UNOY conducted a youth-led research in conflict affected countries.
 
Aim & Objective
The main aim of the study was to document and examine young people’s roles in peacebuilding in these countries, their barriers and motivators, as well as the perceived impacts of youth-led civic engagement for peace. By deepening the existing knowledge base on the positive roles of youth-led civic engagement related to peacebuilding the overall objective was to contribute to an increasing evidence-based approach to policies and programming related to peace and security.
 
Findings
Youth-led peacebuilding can take on many different forms and is affected by a variety of factors. One of the perceived impacts identified by the researchers, is the following: Youth initiatives contribute to depolarise societies and create positive perceptions of all groups, and help to foster dialogue and normalisation of relations among groups previously opposed to each other. Youth bridge the divide, for example, former gang members create peace initiatives in Sierra Leone, and young women who had faced discrimination find their own voice and strength to create new enterprises. Read the entire report to become aware of all the findings and how these might inform your work on youth, peace & security!   
 
Download the full report here.

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