Seeds of Peace inspires and cultivates new generations of global leaders in communities divided by conflict. They equip them with the skills and relationships they need to accelerate social, economic, and political changes essential for peace.
Seeds of Peace’s approach focuses on three types of change: personal and interpersonal transformation, and wider societal change. Their network now encompasses over 6,000 alumni throughout the Middle East, South Asia, Europe, and the United States who are uniquely positioned to lead change.
The United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY) aims to increase the role of young people in peacebuilding worldwide. It primarily works in two areas: international advocacy for youth participation in peacebuilding, and capacity building for youth peacebuilding organizations through training, partnerships and publications. It is a network of over 60 youth peace organizations from over 45 countries worldwide, with a Netherlands-based International Steering Group and board.
“Foreign Terrorist Fighters” (FTF) Initiative
The Hague – Marrakech Memorandum on Good Practices for a More Effective Response to the FTF Phenomenon
From the Report: “Good Practice #4 – Empower those who are best-placed to affect change, including youth, families, women, and civil society, to take ownership in the development and messaging of positive counter-narratives to the violent extremist agenda.”
Peace Direct is an award-winning, international NGO that finds, funds and amplifies the voice of local peace builders operating in some of the most challenging conflict environments worldwide. They have affiliate offices in the United Kingdom and United States; 8 partner programs in 7 countries; and correspondents in 29 countries reporting through Insight on Conflict.
Aware Girls is young women led organization working for women empowerment, gender equality, and peace in Pakistan. They are working to strengthen the leadership capacity of young women enabling them to act as agents of social change and women empowerment in their communities. Aware Girls envisions a world where women rights are equally respected as Human Rights, women have control over their own lives and have equal access to Education, Employment, Governance, Justice, Legal Support, Financial Resources, Recreation, Health specifically Sexual and Reproductive Health and Social Services.
Saferworld is a not-for-profit organization with programs in nearly 20 countries and territories across Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe. Saferworld works with local people affected by conflict to improve their safety and sense of security, and conduct wider research and analysis. They use this evidence and learning to improve local, national and international policies and practices that can help build lasting peace.
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) is an independent international institute in Sweden, dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament. Established on 6 May 1966, SIPRI provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open source, to policymakers, researchers, media and the interested public.
US Agency for International Development (USAID) Toolkit on Youth & Conflict [pdf]. The Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM) in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) was established to provide technical leadership on conflict to USAID Missions and their Washington-based regional and pillar bureaus. The vast majority of their field missions and staff are currently working in areas that are either in conflict, coming out of conflict, or are at high-risk for violence. A central objective of the office is to integrate or “mainstream” best practices in conflict management and mitigation into more traditional development sectors such as agriculture, economic growth, democracy, education, and health. Where appropriate, CMM will be an advocate for stable change.
Conflict can be an inherent and legitimate part of social and political life, but in many places the costs and consequences of conflict, crisis, and state failure have become unacceptably high. Violent conflict dramatically disrupts traditional development, and it can spill over borders and reduce growth and prosperity across entire regions. Although development and humanitarian assistance programs are increasingly implemented in situations of open or latent violence, unfortunately, most still do not explicitly incorporate a sensitivity to conflict in their design or execution.
The World Bank: Children & Youth in Conflict. Children and youth are especially vulnerable to conflict, through the indirect impact of a weaker state and social system, loss of parents or caretakers, and often even as participants in armies. Caught between childhood and full adulthood, youth are often even more under served than children. Even as they struggle with their own identity, they watch the social fabric collapse around them. From a conflict perspective, idleness and especially a sense of lack of future prospects related to unemployment and limited education opportunities, represent not only social problems, but may further turn youth into prone recruits to rebel armies and violent movements.
The United Nations: Youth & Armed Conflict [pdf]. For the last two decades, the United Nations has been at the forefront of efforts to protect children and youth in armed conflict. Today, grave violations are taking place against children and youth in over twenty war-affected countries. As primary victims of armed conflict, young people experience many forms of suffering. They are killed, maimed, orphaned, abducted, deprived of education and health care, and left with deep emotional and physical scars. While girls and women are disproportionately targeted, boys and men are also sexually violated in conflict situations.
They also suffer from other consequences of conflict such as poverty, unemployment, little education, poor governance and the disintegration of families and communities. Children and youth are uniquely vulnerable to involuntary military recruitment. Hundreds of thousands are associated with armed forces, including those of non-State actors. Young people’s participation in conflict has serious implications for their physical and emotional well-being. The changing nature of conflict directly impacts children as war tactics include their use as suicide bombers. Furthermore, systematic attacks are waged on schools. Counter-terrorism strategies can result in collateral damage, including youth casualties.