Skills for Peace: Strengthening Peacebuilding Competencies Among Youth and Adolescents in Karamoja

This case study critically examines the peacebuilding impact of a UNICEF-BRAC adolescent/youth development intervention in Karamoja implemented in 2015 under the Peacebuilding Education and Advocacy (PBEA) Program. The intervention aimed contribute towards PBEA Country level outcome 3.1, namely increased capacity of parents (M/F), children (M/F), youth and community members to prevent, reduce and cope with conflict and promote peace). The intervention was developed as a response to prevalent negative perceptions of adolescents and youth that fuel inter-generational conflict and have led to a feeling of exclusion and marginalization of Karamoja’s young. The intervention was designed as an innovative and integrated approach to strengthening the competencies and capabilities of youth to be – and be perceived as – productive contributors to peace and development in their communities. The approach employed was built on BRAC’s existing approach to strengthen youth livelihoods in Karamoja, and purposefully integrated a peacebuilding and community participation component to complement this. As such, the strategy employed has been a holistic approach acknowledging that transformation of vulnerabilities of youth would depend upon hand-in-hand changes in the cycle of poverty, social exclusion and conflicts affecting as well as involving youth.

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Resource Type

Case Study

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United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Topic(s)

Adolescents and Youth
Education for Peacebuilding
Peace Education

Geographic Focus

Uganda