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“More Youth in Countering Violent Extremism”

• Strengthen the organizational capabilities of at least 200 youth led organization in countering violent extremism

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Cameroon, like many countries in the world, is experiencing unprecedented security crisis. After the first attacks recorded in 2012 in the east by the Anti Balaka Seleca groups and the Central African rebellion, the northern part of the country knows since 2013 attacks of the terrorist sect Boko Haram, first marked by kidnappings and mass killings. These attacks have resulted in a massive migration of populations in affected areas. Villages and fields are burnt. Thousands of children don’t have access to school. According to the UNHCR, Cameroon recorded in January 2015 over 200 000 refugees on its territory, and more than 40,000 persons which migrated within the country. The number has increased in 2016.

This situation undermines the development and government efforts, which is forced to deploy more resources to support military forces and affected areas, hampering thereby the vision of emergence of the country in horizon 2035. 

In order to adopt a sub-regional strategy to combat terrorism, a meeting of Heads of State was held on February 16, 2015 in Yaoundé. Stressing on the serious socio-cultural, economic and humanitarian consequences of the sect's aggressions, the Heads of State agreed on the need to combine their efforts to provide a common and coordinated response. It was thus decided to strengthen the security of their respective territories and to carry out awareness-raising and communication activities for the benefit of populations in order to reduce the risk of seeing members of the sect inside Frontiers and to cut off their supply networks.

Youths appears to be an essential element in this crisis, as main actors and victims of abuses. They are the main target of extremist groups which manipulate them. And are not enough involved by the authorities in decision-making, elaboration, implementation; monitoring and evaluation of public policies concerning peace security. It is important and imperative that this segment representing over 70% of the population, be aware of the challenges of this crisis and their responsibility as citizens in preserving the national heritage for human rights and development post 2015. It is also important that they advocate for their rights. Reason why the United Nations Young Leaders Network has conceived this project.  

Explain your idea

The project “More Youth in Countering Violent Extremism” is conceive by United Nations Young Leader Network and will be implemented with by youth led organizations and youth groups. The target of the project are youth (Students, national and local councils, associations, refugees, religious, from informal sector and from political parties). The project is expected to be implemented from April 16, 2017 – April 16, 2017 in Cameroon’s 2 regions: North and Far North. The ultimate output is three millions (3.000.000) people mobilized against violent extremism. The beneficiaries are Youths and their families, Government, Elected, traditional and religious authorities, Central Africa sub region, international community. The impact of the project can be perceived on the political and social level, economic level, and in the local governance. In the political and social level, it contributes to strengthening the security apparatus and the fight against insecurity and terrorism by putting youth at the centre of issues related to peace, security, human rights and sustainable development. It aims to build their capacity to develop in them a spirit of volunteerism and civic engagement through networking. Economically: The civic and voluntary engagement of young people in the fight against radicalism contributes to the economic stability of the country. In terms of local governance: The project, in its approach and intervention strategy emphasizes on community participation, particularly the young people by inciting them to develop their leadership senses. This participatory democracy applied to this project enables them to better express their ideas, techniques and values required to tackle extremism and terrorism.

Who Benefits?

young people

How is your idea unique?

because it involve youth in peacebuilding process

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Research & Early Testing: I am exploring my idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it with real users.
  • Prototyping: I have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing my idea.

Tell us more about you

i'm organization united nations young leaders network

Expertise in sector

  • 7+ years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.


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Hi Rousseau!

Thank you for posting. Would you be able to tell me what your project is in a few sentences and how it relates to peace and planet, peace and prosperity, planet and prosperity, or all three?

Can I just check, the dates of the project, are you sure they are 'April 16, 2017 – April 16, 2017'?

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