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Creative Skills for Peace Project

Innovatively promote efforts to prevent/counter violent extremism through developing creative skills/capacity of youth violent offenders

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"We want to learn how to catch fish not given fish all the times. I think this will help us become better people ", said an inmate at a correction centre. " This programme will help these young people. If we do not give them and alternative to violence, we shall spend more money for security and properties and lives may be lost. Their minds are young and because they have lost a lot and have nothing to do they are very vulnerable; We need this for them" Said the Director of a Correction centre

Explain your project idea in two sentences.

This project promotes youth participation in peacebuilding through empowering violent offenders with leadership, vocational and entrepreneurial skills as a means to prevent/counter violent extremism

What is your organization name? Explain your organization in one sentence.

Local Youth Corner Cameroon. A youth-led NGO focused on promoting youth empowerment and peace.

Is this project idea new for you or your organization? If no, how much have you already executed on?

No. For the past 15 years of our existence we have done projects within this area, worked with government and also executed a pilot phase project specifically on this idea. Equally, we have trained, develop policy recommendation and created a network of actors working on this idea in Cameroon.

What is the problem you aim to solve with this idea? How would you define this problem as urgent and a priority in your target community?

- Youth Radicalisation and Recruitment by violent extremist groups
- Lack of skills and effective programmes for rehabilitation and reintegration
- Gap in policy and lack of government interest rehabilitation and reintegration
- The rise of Violent Extremism is a major problem in Cameroon

What is the timeline for your project idea? What are the key steps for implementation in the next 1-3 years?

Timeline of the project is 20 months. Major steps include;
- Planning phase
- Organisation of consultation with selected beneficiaries
- Organisation of 6 weeks training for 300 inmates and sports tournament in the facilities /two days training of staff
- Three weeks of shadowing beneficiaries
- Funding of initiatives
- Mentorship and marketing of funded ideas
- Connection with family and public
- Media and sensitisation
- Creation of network, evaluation and report of project

Describe the individual or team that will implement this idea (if a partnership, please explain breakdown of responsibility).

The project will be led by our National Coordinator and project team who have great experience working within this thematic. We shall rely on local and international partners who have the expertise and are relevant to the project. We shall as well rely on the competence of government institutions

What do you need the most support with in this project idea?

  • Exposure

What is your primary goal over the next 6 weeks of Refinement?

  • Get exposure to design thinking and IDEO

How do you currently measure (or plan to measure) results for this project?

It will be measured through qualitative and quantitative methods which will include feedback from beneficiaries and trainers before, during and after the project; relevance of skills acquired, use of acquired skills in the shadowing phase and final stage of the project. Gender, age and number of beneficiaries of the project will be used to measure the results. We will also measure feedback from the management of the selected beneficiary facilities and parents of the beneficiaries.

How has your project proposal changed due to your user research during the Beneficiary Feedback Phase?

Our beneficiary feedback has reinforced our need for context specific intervention. It has also emphasised the need for a peer trainers approach. It has also highlighted the sustainability factor which we believe influencing policy and government prioritisation of youth rehabilitation and reintegration will be a major part of this project.

During this Improve Phase, please use the space below to add any additional information to your proposal.

Theory of change of project
If young people, who have been victims or vulnerable to violence and violent extremism activities, who are currently in correctional facilities are provided with proper training in leadership, entrepreneurship, vocational skills and peacebuilding skills, finance and are provided with proper mentorship, guidance and a support network, and then their positive efforts are amplified then they will become more resilient to violent extremism narratives and ambassadors of peace over violence. Thier transformation and newly acquired skills will be a great leverage for them to serve as heroes and heroines to positively inspire their peers and mobilise them against radicalisation and violent extremism.
Explain your idea
What is your idea? How does it work? What problem does your idea solve?
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Local Youth Corner Cameroon for 20 months will engage with ten prisons and correction centres selected from the ten regions of Cameroon to promote the rehabilitation and reintegration of 300 youth inmates (Violent offender) as a means to prevent and counter violent extremism. This project seeks to use a peer educators approach to developing entrepreneurial and vocational skills, leadership and self-esteem, and team building skill of these young people found in these facilities. Beneficiaries of this project will be young people between the ages of 12-35. To effectively achieve this major objective, the initiative has been developed into eight major activities, with each having a specific role in transforming these young people and inspiring their peers across the country. These activities will be achieved through effective collaboration and partnership with youth trainers and facilitators, government, rehabilitation and reintegration experts and Counter violent extremism experts.
 

Main Objective
Local Youth Corner, through this project Creative skills for peace, seeks to facilitate the rehabilitation and reintegration of 300 violent youth offenders over a period of 20 months. This project seeks to transform these young people into heroes and heroines and use their stories and transformation to inspire their peers across the country to resist radicalization.

Specific Objectives/ Activity (phases)- N.B.: The activities are presented on the question on timeline of project
Specifically, the project is aimed at;
• Identify the challenges and opportunities faced in the rehabilitation and reintegration process in Cameroon. The Consultation phase will be a major activity to achieve this objective.
• Build entrepreneurial, vocational, peace building, and leadership skills and self-esteem of young people in correctional and prison facilities. The Training phase of the project will help in achieving this objective.
• Promote more government and community institutions engagement in rehabilitation, reintegration and counter violent extremism. This will be achieved through the partnership phase with government and community organisations. Government involvement throughout the project will reaffirm this.
• Strengthen the skills of officials of prison and correctional centre on Rehabilitation, Reintegration, peace building and counter violent extremism. This will be achieved during the training phase of the project as well as throughout the other phases.
• Build a new generation of entrepreneurs and income generating young people in these facilities . This will be achieved through the training, funding, shadowing and mentorship phases.
• Build social cohesion, self-esteem and team building skills of the beneficiaries. This will be achieved through the shadowing and Connection with parents and family phases.
• Engage beneficiaries as peer educators and agents of positive and counter messaging. This will be achieved through the media sensitization phase of the project.
• Sensitize Cameroonian against youth radicalization and recruitment into violent extremist groups. The Media sensitization will help in achieving this objective

Note that you may also edit any of your previous answers within the proposal. Here is a great place to note any big final changes or iterations you have made to your proposal below:

What is the timeline for your project idea? What are the key steps for implementation in the next 1-3 years?

Timeline of the project is 20 months. Major steps include;
- Planning phase
• Development of project and OpenIdeo evaluation stages
• Meeting with government and identification of beneficiary facilities and communities
- Organisation of consultation with selected beneficiaries- September-November 2017
• Collection of data on the needs(four skills identified per center ) and challenges of the facility /meeting with community leaders
• Interview with selected supervisors of project in each facility
• Meeting and briefing with potential youth trainers
• Signing of MoU with beneficiary intuitions
- Organization of 8 weeks Training/sports competition -November – February
2018

• Development of Training manual for each of the skills (two weeks)
• Purchase of Training materials
• Six weeks intensive vocational/entrepreneurial/peace building training session for four selected skills
• Six weeks sporting tournament accompanying the skills training
• Two days training of officials of the beneficiary institution on peace building and countering violent extremism.
- Three weeks Shadowing of beneficiaries of training- February-March 2018
• Division of beneficiaries into 4 groups (based on their feedback during training)
• Monitoring and assessing of each group for four weeks
• Two Best skill/vocational skills selected
- Funding of projects ideas- March –April 2018
• Granting of Award and signing of commitment. startup funding of minimum 1000 USD and maximum 1500 USD
- Mentorship and marketing of funded ideas - May-August 2018

• Market and advertise initiatives of beneficiaries
• Weekly progress follow-up and evaluation of each startup
• Mentors identify challenges of each startup while they monitor and work with project team to find solutions
- Connection with parents and public - September-November 2018
• 1 day Exhibition of initiatives
• Reintegration conference (families and beneficiaries and public unit)
- Media and sensitization November –January 2019
• Production of video documentary per facility and one summary video for all the eight facilities Production of video documentary per facility and one summary video for all the eight facilities
• Development of two months media program
• Social Media sharing of project outcomes
• Development of a magazine publication
- Creation of network . Evaluation and production of report January –March
2019
• Creation of Peer Educators Network
• Final Evaluation and Writing/ submission of report

 Young people between the age of 15-35 in Cameroon account for about 70 % of the population.  Of this 70% , these 45 % are females and 25 % are males and this forms 60 % of the total labour force. Despite this vibrant youth population, the socio-economic and political atmosphere of Cameroon relegates this vibrant young population to the background, with limited opportunities to absorb young people into the job market. This has thus created an opportunity for some of these young people to result only to violence as a mean of survival as well created an entry point for violent extremist groups like Boko Haram to radicalise and recruit these young people. 

Across Cameroon, young people are caught in the trap as victims and radicalised into violent extremist activities in an effort to earn a leaving. The absence of quality education, employment,  social exclusion have pushed these young people to engage in these acts. In an attempt to render justice and bring these young people to order, most of them have found themselves in prison cells or correction centre.

Through our qualitative research in local communities in Cameroon, we discovered that it is easier to radicalise and recruit a young person who has a history of violence than a young person who has never been engaged in violence. We also realised that most of the youth who are placed in prisons or correctional facilities after engaging in violence lack effective programs in these facilities which can properly transform them. In this effect, this project seeks comfort and provide these young people with an alternative to violence and make them positive role models. 

The project, “Creative Skills for Peace” seeks to facilitate the rehabilitation and reintegration of 300 violent youth offenders over a period of 20 months. This project seeks to transform these young people into heroes and heroines and use their stories and transformation to inspire their peers across the country to resist radicalization. Within this Rehabilitation and reintegration efforts,  we seek to use an interdisciplinary approach of providing context specific entrepreneurial and vocational skills, leadership and civic education, and peacebuilding skills to these vulnerable groups of young people found in correctional and prison facilities. Their transformation into agents of peace and change will serve as an inspiration to their fellow young people, thus contribute in preventing and countering youth radicalization. This project will develop marketable and entrepreneurial skills of these young people through non-formal education which will break the yolk of poverty, identity, unemployment, grievances and marginalisation which is usually the push factor for youth radicalization and violent extremism. It will go a long way to imbibe in them peace building, leadership and entrepreneurial skills, build self-esteem and a culture of peace.

Our initiative is inspired by our 15 years of experience working on youth development, peace building and preventing violent extremism. The pilot phase which we did produce very inspiring results thus we believe it is a groundbreaking initiative to be replicated.  Equally, our initiative is also inspired by UN Secretary General's Action Plan to Counter Violent Extremism in 2016 which highlighted Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Violent offenders and a major tool to counter violent extremism. To add, this projects build on United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth Peace and Security which called on member states, donors and civil societies to prioritise youth centred peace initiative, rehabilitation and disengagement of violent offenders and returning fighters.

FEEDBACK OF PILOT PROJECT
As mentioned above, our organisation had launched a pilot phase face of the project. The results were inspiring. Here are links to more information about it. http://loyoc.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/blog-post.html

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd1Xuc5tbPDC7QZK2vjCtSQ 

http://loyoc.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/creative-skills-for-peace-marks-end-of.html

http://accameroon.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/local-youth-corner-cameroon-and.html 




Explain your idea

Local Youth Corner Cameroon for 20 months will engage with ten prisons and correction centres selected from the ten regions of Cameroon to promote the rehabilitation and reintegration of 300 youth inmates (Violent offender) as a means to prevent and counter violent extremism. This project seeks to use a peer educators approach to developing entrepreneurial and vocational skills, leadership and self-esteem, and team building skill of these young people found in these facilities. Beneficiaries of this project will be young people between the ages of 12-35. To effectively achieve this major objective, the initiative has been developed into eight major activities, with each having a specific role in transforming these young people and inspiring their peers across the country. These activities will be achieved through effective collaboration and partnership with youth trainers and facilitators, government, rehabilitation and reintegration experts and Counter violent extremism experts.
 

Main Objective
Local Youth Corner, through this project Creative skills for peace, seeks to facilitate the rehabilitation and reintegration of 300 violent youth offenders over a period of 20 months. This project seeks to transform these young people into heroes and heroines and use their stories and transformation to inspire their peers across the country to resist radicalization.

Specific Objectives/ Activity (phases)- N.B.: The activities are presented on the question on timeline of project
Specifically, the project is aimed at;
• Identify the challenges and opportunities faced in the rehabilitation and reintegration process in Cameroon. The Consultation phase will be a major activity to achieve this objective.
• Build entrepreneurial, vocational, peace building, and leadership skills and self-esteem of young people in correctional and prison facilities. The Training phase of the project will help in achieving this objective.
• Promote more government and community institutions engagement in rehabilitation, reintegration and counter violent extremism. This will be achieved through the partnership phase with government and community organisations. Government involvement throughout the project will reaffirm this.
• Strengthen the skills of officials of prison and correctional centre on Rehabilitation, Reintegration, peace building and counter violent extremism. This will be achieved during the training phase of the project as well as throughout the other phases.
• Build a new generation of entrepreneurs and income generating young people in these facilities . This will be achieved through the training, funding, shadowing and mentorship phases.
• Build social cohesion, self-esteem and team building skills of the beneficiaries. This will be achieved through the shadowing and Connection with parents and family phases.
• Engage beneficiaries as peer educators and agents of positive and counter messaging. .(see full version above )

Who Benefits?

Creative skills for peace have great socio – economic impact to the society and most especially to the lives of young Cameroonians. This project produces both primary and secondary beneficiaries.
The primary beneficiaries of this project include;
Young prison inmate, street children and school dropouts. These youth will leave the correction centre transformed and more confident than they were previously. The skills they would have learned will enable them to become assets to the society producing economic wealth and advocating for peace.
Secondly, the project will directly benefit the prison administration due to the fact that the rate of recidivism will drop thus a drop in crime wave and a drop in prison administration expense. Equally the families of our participants will also benefit
The tertiary beneficiaries of this project will include the government of Cameroon who through this project will witness a decrease in crime wave and contribute in policy development

How is your idea unique?

The concept of reintegration and rehabilitation is not a new concept in Cameroon. Nevertheless, our project goes beyond the usual in Cameroon. We are going beyond what exists, to take a youth specific approach and creating a relationship with peace building and countering violent extremism. We are applying the inter-disciplinary and context specific approach in peacebuilding where we shall develop training based on specific context and involving other actors. Equally, through the consultation , we shall develop a policy recommendation which will be submitted to Cameroon government and international stakeholders to shape policies regarding Rehabilitation, reintegration and peace building. This project will create the first network ever of peace and change agents who were former violent offenders

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Piloting: I have started to implement my solution as a whole with a first set of real users.
  • Full-scale roll-out: I have completed a pilot and analyzed the impact of that pilot on the users I am trying to reach with my idea. I am ready to expand the pilot significantly.

Tell us more about you

Local Youth Corner, Cameroon (LOYOC) is a national, non-governmental, non-profit making, youth-centered organisation working with young people between the ages of 15 and 35. We are an Organization formed as a response to the increased frustration, alienation, socio-political and economic challenges of the Cameroonian youth, who find themselves at the crossroads of making wrong decisions and breaking the rules as a means of survival. These socio-economic challenges span from low self-esteem, high level unemployment, poor health care system, poverty, exclusion in decision and policy making, corruption, poor social justice system, instrumentalisation and many others, which has forced most young people to develop hate for the country and communities, destroyed all iota of patriotism, engage in violent extremist and unscrupulous activities as a means of leaving.

Created on January 10, 2002, LOYOC Cameroon’s programmes development has focused on providing innovative solutions to these youth challenges as a way to promote sustainable peace and development, prevent and counter violent extremism. Our methodology spans from online and face to face advocacy, socio-cultural dialogue, evidence-based research, developing curriculums, peer educators, capacity building, policy development and implementation, training, assessment, and advocacy just to name a few.

Over the years, Local Youth Corner has empowered over 1 million young people from across the Ten Regions of Cameroon and beyond. Our organization operates within the ten regions of Cameroon with a representative who is in charge of coordinating our initiatives at local level. Local Youth Corner Cameroon is one of the leading organization currently championing youth engagement in the fight against violent extremism in Cameroon. We are currently the lead organization advising the government on the creation of a National Center to Counter Youth Violence and Extremism.

Within our 15 years of existence, we have engaged and worked with the following local and international partners; Cameroon National Youth Council, Cameroon Ministry of Youth Affairs and Civic Education and Ministry of External Relations, Office of the Prime Minister and Head of Government, Ministry of Defense, US Embassy in Cameroon, British High Commission in Cameroon, UN / UN Agencies, United Nations Inter-Agency Working Group on Youth, Peace and Security, UNOY, Commonwealth Secretariat / Youth Division, European Union, Search For Common Ground, US Department of State, United Network of Young Peace Builders, Institute of Strategic Dialogue (UK), Master Peace Movement, Creative Associates, EU CT MORSE, Global Center on Comparative Security/ International Center for Counter-Terrorism, Institute of Security Studies, CIVICUS, Plan UK, Restless Development, Global Counter-Terrorism Forum, Actionaid, British Youth Council, Citizen Outreach Coalition UK. Read more about us: www.loyocameroon.org

Expertise in sector

  • 7+ years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

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Hi Christian,

I hope you are well.

I look forward to reading your response to the expert feedback below. The deadline for responses is Friday 11:59 pm.

Please do reach out to me if you have any questions - krushton@ideo.com. You might want to look at Survivor to Thriver: Women Building Bridges to Prosperity & Peace  - to see how they plan to match the women to small scale enterprises. Their project is working with women who has suffered GBV to connect them with opportunities for small-scale enterprise in Northern Nigeria.

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Hi Achaleke and Team! We’re excited to share with you feedback and questions from the BridgeBuilder team and an external set of experts. We encourage you to think about this feedback as you continue to improve and refine your idea. You are welcome to respond in the comments section and/or to incorporate feedback into the text of your idea. Your idea and all associated comments will all be reviewed during the final review process.

Based on expert career, work and experience, is this a new approach or bold way of answering the challenge question:
• I worked on a program funded by the Ford Foundation almost fifteen years ago. It addressed truant youth behavior and encouraged the kids to participate in visual art. The program was part of a three-city initiative that sought to transform the lives of youth through the arts. The NEA supported the creation of a toolkit on creating and implementing these kinds of programs. Given the history of these very worthy (though not as unique) programs, i would really like the organization to expound a bit more on its theory of change; it would be help to gain more clarity here.
• Yes, this is a bold approach that promotes peace and prosperity. What I like most about this idea is that it's a locally run peer-to-peer education model that empowers young people. That is usually a very effective approach in this part of Africa, and builds capacity in the local population.

Desirability and Viability of proposal:
• The intended output (as i understand it) is definitely desirable. However, in order for these kinds of initiatives to be valuable, they have to be very clear about how their target audiences will be affected. I would like to see more granular information on how they do this.
• Yes, yes, yes. One suggestion: To become long-term sustainable/viable beyond the 1000 trained peer educators, this idea will need to incorporate an intrinsic reward for peer educators, such as "pass on what you've learned to discover how you've changed" -- i.e. something similar to the 12th step in AA, for example.

Feasibility of proposal (is this an idea that could be brought to life?):
• Yes, I would like to see this work implemented, and I find the stories very inspiring.
• Yes, absolutely. This is exactly the kind of idea that the world needs more of. The idea can inspire people in other countries, too.

Other questions or suggestions our experts felt would support the assessment or success of your idea:
• I would really like to see a clear theory of change; I think this would help us better understand "the how."
• This is a truly inspiring idea -- mighty congratulations on the great work you've completed so far. I think this model could be adopted successfully in other countries. What advice would you give someone who wanted to try this peer-to-peer model elsewhere?

In case you missed it, check out this Storytelling Toolkit for inspiration for crafting strong and compelling stories: http://ideo.to/DXld5g Storytelling is an incredibly useful tool to articulate an idea and make it come to life for those reading it. Don’t forget - June 16 at 11:59PM PST is your last day to make changes to your idea on the OpenIDEO platform.
 
Have questions? Email us at bridgebuilder@ideo.com.
 
Looking forward to reading more!

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Thank you very much for this inspiring comment. I will make the changes and submit .

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Hi Achaleke Christian !

It is great to see the expert feedback on this post.

I am really interested in your response to this question - What advice would you give someone who wanted to try this peer-to-peer model elsewhere?

I am tagging some people who may have some comments and feedback for you - Rousseau16 Maloum Patrick L.K. Magero Peace Africa Giok P CHUA 

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Dear Kate, Thank you very much for reaching and sharing these interesting questions. I must say engaging in such a project is quite simple. But the most important is context analysis and consultation to know the actual situation. These are the few steps
- Identify the actual context of rehabilitation and reintegration. This is very important. What works in Cameron might not work exactly in Nigeria.
- Reflect on a Counter Violent Extremism perspective of Rehabilitation and Reintegration
- Teamwork is as well very important. You need to work with a team which has an understanding of the themes as well as someone from the community you plan to work with
- Security is very important, so, working in a safe facility is important as well working in close collaboration with the administrators of the facility
- A vision to influence policy is very important in such a project. This is because it will ensure sustainability and impact of the project.
- Collaboration with other stakeholders including government and other local actors (Partnership is important for sustainability and success of project )
- Usually, financing is a problem. That is why we did a pilot phase first to evaluate and then request for more support to amplify the project. So if in case you are not able to acquire funding from the start, still give the initiative a try. I have seen the impact of this peer approach and am convinced it is very important for CVE.
- Identify peer champions and success stories among young people to work with. In this case for example, if you have plans to train on poultry farming, it will be important to get a trainer who is a youth and a success story within this domain. It helps in changing perceptions and destroying myths about success.
- Introducing sports and other recreation activities into the initiative is very important to build team spirit and social cohesion among the beneficiaries as well as between the project team.
- Transforming, changing minds sets and building skills does not take a day or two. Consider designing project that takes at least a year including mentorship phase and monitoring
-Don't forget to employ peace building and Counter Violent Extremism concepts within this project (This is what most Rehabilitation and Reintegration projects have been missing).
- Finally, to implement this kind of project you need to be passionate about it and keep a loving heart. Sometimes the stories you hear will be so painful. Patrick L.K. Magero Peace Africa Giok P CHUA Rousseau16 Maloum 

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Hello Achaleke,
In service to prison, I find many perpetrators of violence due to urgent needs that have no solution. They become desperate and do wickedness such as theft, deceit and so on continue to be inmates of prison. The solution you give will be very useful to change behavior, mindset and take a positive solution.
Great idea.

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Dear Eldy,
   Thank you very much for your encouraging words. Haven worked with most of these young people especially in regards to violent Extremism I think what they need is an alternative as well as building their self esteem , and personality . The rise of violent extremism is a major challenge to the world today. We need to work together toward promoting sustainable peace

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Hi Achaleke,

Thank you for sharing the great work you are doing. Congratulation on your Award of Commonwealth Young Person of the Year 2016!

I look forward to seeing your user journey and beneficiary feedback questions. If you have any questions at all, please tag me using ‘@‘ and ‘Kate Rushton’ or send me an email - krushton@ideo.com

What would you include as part of a 1 to 3-year-project? I noticed in your pilot project that the students learnt 'soap making, paper bag production, computer knowledge, beats making and poultry', will there be a focus on some of these skills over others in the project you are proposing?

Are there certain types of organisations or organisations working in specific geographies that you are keen to connect to?

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Dear Kate,
  Thank you very much for your comments and wishes. Based on how we have designed the project, our interventions are context specific. By this I mean we select activities for each region or institution based on their context. That is why we have a first phase which involves dialogue and consultation. Preventing and countering violent extremism is a very sensitive initiative, and from our years of experience, we believe context specific ideas are best ways to solve a problem. The good news is since Cameroon has a rising economy with young people emerging in many fields and sectors, it is always easy for us to find trainers and mentors from each of the selected ideas which we gather from our consultations with these correction and prison facilities. So if in case we have soap production or any of what we had done as an option, we shall implement. So our interventions will involve activities (agriculture, production of basic commodities, ITC, just to name a few) which are chosen based on needs, as well as what we from experience think it will be necessary for them to basic knowledge to sustain their ideas.
Equally, I must say one of our golden rules is a partnership for development. From our time of work, we have gone a further step within this space of working with violent offenders to train 40 youth-led organisations and frontline practitioners working on this topic, including developing the first ever youth-led action agenda (policy recommendation) to promote youth involvement in Rehabilitation and reintegration of violent offenders. This initiative which was funded by the US Department of State through the Global Center for Comparative Studies gave us the opportunity to map out and create a network of actors both from government and civil society working within this field. Read more here http://loyocameroon.org/rehabilitating-reintegrating-violent-offenders-and-violent-extremist-fighters-in-cameroon-yes-we-can-with-youth-civil-society/ .
 Indeed, we shall be working with several of such organisations.

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Thanks Acheleku! I am an Employee of OneVillage Partners Sierra Leone. We have also Observed that for our model, even though, we are encouraging rural communities to learn about their problems and designs the solutions, dealing with these entrenched grievances on exclusion in post war rural communities is major challenge as we continue to adapt and iterate new learning that empower communities to self-identify and resolve their conflicts at home and community wide. I like you approach that improves peaceful coexistence among youths and communities.
However, designing programs that will largely include the involvement and participation of youths will trigger the desired opportunities for them to self-identify and address their self-development needs. This in turn will make them useful and engaged in the transformation processes, support developments and reduce their involvement in violence.
Good luck Acheleku and thanks again for the hard work
Hope we will continue discussing on this topic.

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Dear Musa, Thank you very much for your comment. I think you are very right. Now, the beauty of our programming is, we adopt the interdisciplinary approach in peace building. We start the programme from an evidenced based approach (using consultation and interviews) to identify specific needs and context of violence and related issues. So we are not limiting only to employability. To counter violent extremism, radicalisation and build social cohesion, rehabilitate and reintegrate offenders, we rely on our method of delivery of the project. So we incorporate practice based conflict and peace building techniques as well as leadership and other skills (we consider building trust, self-esteem, and patriotism as the key ). For sustainability, we engage state institutions and other stakeholders throughout the process. A step further is the policy recommendations we would develop which will inspire government and other national and international stakeholders. You can watch a short interview and read this articel of a trainee after the pilot phase https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HN_aQ4JVZxY , http://loyoc.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/blog-post.html http://loyoc.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/creative-skills-for-peace-marks-end-of.html ,

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Thanks Achaleke for sharing the important work you are doing! Can you briefly share a few of the metrics you tracked to measure the success of young people in your pilot and in a couple of sentences a few of the things you learned?

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Hi Christian!

Thank you for participating in the challenge and for telling us about the great work you are dong.

I can see that your project bridges peace and prosperity. However, I would recommend filling in and putting these sentences to the top of your submission:

'This idea is a_________________ [campaign/app/service/program/online platform/toolkit/social enterprise/etc.].

It tackles the problem of _____________[short problem statement].

It addresses the problem by :__________[what your idea looks like in practice]. It intersects XYZ topics (peace, prosperity, or planet).’

This is so that anyone reading your post has a quick summary to read first and can quickly see how your project meets the criteria.

It might be worth you including this blog post in your submission - http://accameroon.blogspot.pt/2016/06/local-youth-corner-cameroon-and.html.
and mentioning that your organisation was 'created on January 10 2002'.

Would you be able to tell me more about your findings from the pilot phase? How much would the micro-grants be (can you give a range)? Who is providing the training and what is included?

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