Peace Champions in Uganda
The project “Building peace through young adult peace champions in post-conflict communities - to prevent youth re-radicalization in Uganda” contributes to the stability of post-conflict communities in Uganda. It prevents the re-radicalization of young adults from sliding back into acts of violence. Through the establishment of a team of young adult and youth peace champions who have become change agents in their communities, they lead the transformation of attitudes of their fellows in the community.
The project works with young adult groups (25-35 years) who have been engaged in violence, like ex-combatants and ex-warriors and with youth groups (18-24 years) involved in peacebuilding and income generating activities at the community level.
On the one hand, the project addresses the root causes of conflict by creating a team of young adult and youth peace champions who lead in transforming the attitudes of fellow young adults. On the other hand, the project aims at providing the groups with skills in income generating and contributing towards addressing one of the key drivers of conflict - unemployment. This two-way approach is vital for sustaining peace.
This project provides a model that enhances youth participation, addresses violent conflicts, and promotes livelihoods at the community level.