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From early warning to peacebuilding in 32 countries
Photo © Charlotte Melly/Conciliation Resources
“Identifying conflict threats has to be about more than systems and tools; it needs to be underpinned by relationships of trust that enable people directly affected by violence to raise their voice and to act.” – Jonathan Cohen, Acting Executive Director, Conciliation Resources
Capacities for Peace, our joint project with Conciliation Resources, has been working with local actors in 32 conflict-affected countries, supporting them to improve the effectiveness of early warning and crisis response.
In the final project report we reflect on experiences and findings from the project, looking at case studies from countries including Kenya, the Philippines, Colombia and Yemen.
Youth and peacebuilding in Nepal
“Youth at risk of conflict, or potentially engaging in conflict, are a primary focus of [this] project, as they hold amazing potential to bring about positive change in their communities if their energies are constructively channelled.” – LaChelle Amos, Nepal Country Manager
Making up 40% of Nepal's population, youth have an important role to play in the country's future peace and stability. But their development and approach to peace is often affected by conflict in their communities, as well as in their homes.
In a short video, Saferworld introduces our Community Initiative for Common Understanding (CICU) project. The project brings together young people from 15 communities to work on conflict mitigation and to foster mutual understanding and cooperation between youth and potentially conflicting groups.
In a comment piece, we also look at how the young people involved in our CICU project are successfully resolving conflicts in their communities and contributing to long-term peace.