African Youth Peace Initiatives – Uganda

African Youth Peace Initiatives – Uganda utilizes non-violent models of conflict transformation to engage youth in realizing peace and preventing the escalation of violence within communities in Uganda, primarily through community-based early warning and response methods.

What are the principles of conflict transformation?

By African Youth Peace Initiatives

The context of youth in Uganda
Uganda has the youngest population in the world, with an estimated 6.5m people aged between 18 and 30 according to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics. This situation poses a great threat to the country’s socio-economic and political stability. Uganda is one of the most conflict prone states in Africa. Peace remains fragile, with many unresolved points of contention – political, economic and social – that are roots in its history. The risk of violence recurring is very real.

The youth are an essential resource for peacebuilding and development; and therefore for the destiny of Uganda and Africa at large. However, young people in Uganda are faced with enormous challenges that inhibit them from actively participating in development processes. Unemployment, under-employment and chronic poverty persists despite government development interventions and the programmes of international development agencies. This situation has resulted in high crime rates, political and ethnic violence, and the rising prevalence of HIV/AIDs amongst young people.

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A strategy for overcoming the above challenges involves setting in motion a process that would holistically engage youth in peacebuilding, governance and development interventions, especially within the poorest and most-deprived communities of Uganda.

Background – African Youth Peace Initiatives
AYPI arose out of a desire to change the prevalent culture of violence embraced by the youth to one of non-violence. AYPI is an independent and equal opportunities NGO, dedicated to empowering young people, organizations, institutions and communities at the grassroots through initiatives that promote a culture of non-violence, peace and sustainable development.

When peaceful and constructive approaches to transforming conflicts break down and violence escalates, it is young people in particular who bear the brunt. Given their enormous creativity and innovation potential, however, sustainable development efforts should be focused upon young people. Investing in youth across Africa can help transform the continent.

AYPI’s Vision and Objectives
AYPI pursues a peaceful and empowered youth for sustainable development in Uganda and Africa, through its core values of participation, accountability, integrity, team work, transparency and humanity.

The long term objectives of AYPI include:

  • To address the root causes of violence and its effects among communities through promoting community-based projects in education, health, environment and agriculture;
  • To research, document and disseminate information on topical issues and concerns affecting young people and communities at large;
  • To promote meaningful youth participation in governance and human rights protection within grassroots communities.
  • To mobilize human, financial and other resources to support community initiatives and projects.

AYPI Programs
AYPI’s main interventions are within the following strategic program areas.

Human Rights and Good Governance
Enhancing local capacities in rights-based approaches, participatory resource-monitoring and budget tracking to empower local communities to demand, participate in and monitor development programs within their localities.

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 AYPI advocates for the active role of the youth in the promotion of fundamental human rights among communities, institutions and families.

Conflict Transformation and Peace Education
AYPI addresses the root causes of violence and its effects on communities by preventing, managing and transforming conflict.

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Training, research, documentation and networking with key partners and stakeholders
AYPI conducts periodic trainings and research, whilst issuing publications on topical and emerging community issues. AYPI uses the media and newsletters to create awareness and to disseminate information to influence opinions and positively affect attitudes.

Child care and support program
AYPI promotes education, rights and welfare of orphans and vulnerable children through its established community schools and partner institutions in under-privileged communities.

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Youth entrepreneurship and job skills training
AYPI works to empower young people through skills development for self-help and employment. The programme is intended to improve livelihoods through learning practical job skills and engaging marginalized youth in poverty eradication programmes.

Environment, sanitation, health and agricultural development
AYPI promotes awareness raising and youth involvement in tailor-made initiatives to combat climate change, health, HIV/AIDS prevention, sanitation and agriculture.

African Youth Peace Initiatives – Uganda utilizes non-violent models of conflict transformation to engage youth in realizing peace and preventing the escalation of violence within communities in Uganda, primarily through community-based early warning and response methods.

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What are the principles of conflict transformation?

7 Responses

  1. youth Africa,you are doing excellent job for supporting the needs to different programs for developing different areas of the world.we are the kalomboka community centre operating in the community of the village of kalomboka in the eastern part of Zambia.
    we are offering the following:
    1.nursery
    2.grade one to five
    3.skills training
    so we looking for empowerment for us to achieve the development goals in the community.

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