Youth as Agents of Peace: Somalia is the first joint country study conducted by the United Nations and the World Bank aimed at translating into practice the principles of the UNSC Resolution 2250, through direct and local engagement with young people and their communities in one of the most fragile and conflict-ridden areas on the African continent. Focusing on young people is particularly meaningful as Somalia’s population is the youngest of the African continent overall. Against a backdrop of continued conflict, insecurity, and violent extremism facing Somalia, the study offers a positive vision for defining peace as articulated by young women and men. It concludes by offering an operational framework for supporting youth in peacebuilding. The report’s recommendations postulate a comprehensive understanding of youth, peace, and conflict going beyond solutions based solely on increased employment. For peace to be achieved, young people should have access to basic services, protection, development of skills and competencies, and meaningful engagement in governance at all levels. In addition, a “youth-led” approach in developing peacebuilding programs is regarded as essential, as is focusing on the unique needs of young women.Each of our institutions brings a unique and complementary set of experiences and knowledge on achieving peace and development. Building on the directions of the global Progress Study mandated by Resolution 2250, Youth as Agents of Peace: Somalia offers a solid platform for strengthening our partnership toward maximizing tangible results with and for Somali youth. We also hope it will further understanding of the challenges and opportunities of operationalizing the youth, peace, and security agenda at the country level.
Source: World Bank
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