Youth Livelihoods and Conflict Transformation

Lead Organization: CEFORD
Partners: ICCO Cooperation, HEKS/EPER (Hilfswerk der evangelischen Kirchen Schweiz), COAMESS Uganda
Duration: January 2021 – December 2021
Goal: This project aims to improve livelihoods and peaceful co-existence within and between refugees and host communities.
Highlight: Peaceful coexistence is a critical issue for refugees and host communities and inclusion of youth in the conflict transformation processes through self-reliance initiatives is of high priority. Working consistently on peace building, conflict resolution and transformation within a fragile, humanitarian context with refugees and host communities is innovative and has value-add in the West-Nile context.

Conflict becomes a problem when trust and conflict management capacities are absent and conflicting parties use force to secure their goals. Non-violent conflict resolution and transformation is possible when individuals and groups have trust in their governing structures, society, and institutions to manage conflicting interests, and communities are able to derive joint livelihood means. Therefore, this project will provide youth with skills through income generating activities which will create employment and income. It involves youth to deliver solutions with participatory feasibility assessments, planning and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and sharing best practice. It supports local structures and promotes local leadership for sustainability with continued development and dialogue with communities and people of concern.

The dia-praxis method is used to foster mutual appreciation among people of different backgrounds, by working together and engaging in practical work with a shared goal, such as increased income, in order to enhance positive relationships. This activity will focus on economic inclusion to promote peaceful co-existence and encourages diverse youth groups to engage, offering an important opportunity for youth engagement and redirect attention from violence to positive living. The youth will learn to express themselves via teamwork, leadership, and social skills in youth groups of refugees (50%) and host communities (50%).



Contact lead organization CEFORD
Asipkwe Jean Christabel