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Emerging from the Black Hole – the UN’s fight against youth radicalization

21 May 2015 – Djamel was still in high school when he was radicalized.It was 1991. Algeria’s military had just annulled the country’s general election fearing the establishment of a theocratic state after the Islamic Salvation Front won the first round of voting. As violent protests erupted on the streets, the country steadily descended into civil conflict and slipped into insurgency.…See More
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At the UN, valuing the voice of the youth

Are youth voices being heard in the United Nations? Senior officials from the organization say there is a recognition of young people's role in development, ...
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Ilwad Elman's interview on how youth can silence the guns in Africa

Watch Ilwad Elman ,Director at Elman Peace and Human Rights Organisation sharing on how young people can contribute towards silencing the guns in Somalia and...
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#EducationCan: Sustainable development begins with education

Education is a fundamental right, and it is also the most powerful tool we have for sustainable development. Investing in a quality education for every child...
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Youth Police Football Clinic

Search for Common Ground Nepal's initiative with young Nepalis and Nepal Police to help strengthen the understanding, relationship and collaboration.
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Kofi Annan On Youth Leadership

Kofi Annan returned to Caux on 19th July 2013 after years of absence and made the final speech to the 'Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy' conference....
Nov 4, 2014
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Dialogue for Peace (with English subtitles) (حوار السلام)

Turmoil and upheaval continue to roil the Middle East and North Africa. Four cartoonists from Syria, Libya, Yemen, and Tunisia find common ground in creating...
Oct 15, 2014

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Lakshitha Saji Prelis is one of the founding members and the Executive Director of the Center for Peace Building International. He is also the Associate Director of the Peacebuilding & Development Institute at American University. He is currently involved in several peacebuilding, conflict resolution and coexistence initiatives both in the United States and abroad. In addition, Saji was the technical editor of Reconciliation, Justice and Coexistence: Theory and Practice and co-author of Long Road to Reconciliation in the above publication. Saji Prelis completed his Master's degree in International Peace & Conflict Resolution with a concentration in International Law from American University in Washington, DC.
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Mr. Prelis has over 15 years experience working with youth in various conflict affected environments. Some of the experiences include addressing alternatives to gang life in Los Angeles, working with street children from Northern Uganda, and enhancing youth capacities in Nepal to programming for marginalized and conflict affected youth in Sri Lanka, assessing Thai-Burma border issues for youth, training in youth leadership for young leaders from the Republic of Georgia and Abkhazia, and strengthening youth-led organizational capacity in South East Asia. He has over seven years of experience in designing conflict sensitive training programs (in the US ) and country programs and projects (in East and West Africa as well as Southeast Asia ). Mr. Prelis has dedicated his academic and professional career to strengthening youth capacities for peace, and providing technical expertise in inter-generational peacebuilding and conflict-sensitive development practice in conflict and disaster-affected settings. His more than nine years of experience at American University have resulted in the development of curriculum programs in conflict and post-conflict areas targeting human rights, conflict resolution and peacebuilding. In addition, Mr. Prelis was the technical editor of Reconciliation, Justice and Coexistence: Theory and Practice and co-author of Long Road to Reconciliation in the same publication.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you have direct and significant expertise
Sri Lanka, Nepal, Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Sudan, Liberia, Rwanda, Ethiopia, USA
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Center for Peace Building International & Search for Common Ground
What are your main skills/expertise?
Training, Research, Assessments, Program Design, conflict sensitive development practice, youth led technically advised programming for and with youth, gender sensitive programming.
What are Your expertise areas/sectors when it comes to youth
Peacebuilding, Education, Gender, Humanitarian Relief, Development, Democracy, Livelihoods, IDPs, Leadership
What are Your primary Skills, to compliment Your areas/sectors
Capacity Building, Curriculum Development, Evaluation, Program Management, Program Administration, Program Design, Public Relations, Research, Training

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Emerging from the Black Hole – the UN’s fight against youth radicalization

Posted on May 21, 2015 at 8:29pm 0 Comments

21 May 2015 – Djamel was still in high school when he was radicalized.

It was 1991. Algeria’s military had just annulled the country’s general election fearing the establishment of a theocratic state after the Islamic Salvation Front won the first round of voting. As violent protests erupted on the streets, the country steadily descended into civil…

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From Hunter to Protector: Guerilla Fighter Takes Oath for Peace

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 10:24pm 0 Comments

by Alicia Clifton on September 5, 2014 for the Common Ground Blog (original source)

“The rebels committed grave abuses in my hometown in March 2013. They killed my…

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Millennials are on the rise in the Middle East — and bring their own agenda

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 8:55pm 0 Comments

Millennials are set to become a potent force in the…

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It’s time for an ambitious Global Youth Agenda

Posted on November 27, 2013 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

Published: Nov. 25, 2013…

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MENA youth refuse to step down despite setbacks

Posted on November 20, 2013 at 5:33pm 0 Comments

by Aisha Habli

20 November 2013

Beirut – The glow of the Arab Spring wore off in the media a while ago. Violence, internal division and widespread frustration have replaced the hopeful scenes of youth standing up to demand change. But have youth really stepped back from the frontlines of such change? I followed up with my…

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At 12:59pm on December 7, 2010, Lifelinesomalia said…
Thanks Saji
It is my pleasure to be part of the network, thanks
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Glad to be a part of the network!

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