Supporting youth platforms for leadership in peace, reconciliation and governance
As part of our objective to support cross-clan initiatives to prevent radicalization, promote conflict management and address community security concerns, the programme works with a select group of youth leaders to reinvigorate a youth platform named the Mandera County Vital Voices Network (MCVVN) for leadership in peace and reconciliation. In 2018, the youth platform organized 72 youth-led dialogue groups, that were trained on issues of peace and reconciliation. Furthermore, a joint prioritization of the issues affecting youth was developed. The issues identified were corruption, unemployment and radicalization. The Mandera Vital Voices is now viewed as a valuable platform for peace and is positioned to lead participation on key questions such as the radicalization of vulnerable youth.