Youth, Conflict & Governance in Africa
Friday, 2/18 and Saturday, 3/1, 2014
This workshop is convened to assess how young people are currently changing the nature of governance in Africa. Youth are capitalizing on new mechanisms for interaction: the deregulation of internet, phone, global television, and social media communication has profoundly altered the political terrain. This is especially true in conflict settings, where youth can drive overt political violence. To break new ground, the workshop will integrate analysis across anthropology, media studies and communication, politics and economics, fields that have been working largely in parallel rather than in collaboration.
The Early Childhood Peace Consortium Launch took place in New York on 20th September 2013. Led by Pia Britto (Senior Advisor Early Childhood Development Unit, UNICEF) and the UNICEF-Yale Child Study Center partnership, it brought together leaders in philanthropy, international policy, effective practice, media, and academic research to create a legacy of sustained peace through childhood development. In the words of Mahatma Gandhi: “If we are to reach real peace in this world and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with children; and if they will grow up in their natural innocence, we won't have to struggle; we won't have to pass fruitless idle resolutions, but we shall go from love to love and peace to peace, that peace and love for which consciously or unconsciously the whole world is hungering.”
See UNICEF on ECD and Peacebuilding: http://www.unicef.org/earlychildhood/index_69852.html
See the Launch of Early Childhood Peace Consortium: http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/pdf/proposed-side-events-2013-special-event.pdf
The Formative Childhood and Peace Building Forum will take place in Frankfurt from 14-18 October 2013. Led by James Leckman, Catherine Panter-Brick and Rima Saleh, this think-tank session convenes a large group of international and interdisciplinary scholars to assess the links between child development and violence reduction. The Forum is generously sponsored by the Ernst Strüngmann Foundation (ESF). Proccedings will be published in an edited volume produce by MIT Press.