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Youth Leaders for Peace: Building Opposition to Inter-Communal Violence

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

Eats provinces straddles the boundary between Afghanistan’s eastern and central regions, with strong ties to both. It is a major hub of commerce, education, and culture on the Kabul-Kandahar Highway and one of Afghanistan’s most politically important provinces. Eats province population reflects its geographic location. Pashtuns, Tajik and Hazaras reside in the province in almost equal numbers, along with a significant and geographically dispersed Uzbuk minority and smaller minority ethnic groups clustered in the provincial center. The western half of the province is predominately Hazara and the eastern half predominately Pashtun, though both groups are found in varying numbers throughout. Although Pashtun tribes constitute a plurality, Eats Proinces’s population is split evenly between Pashto-speaking and Dari-speaking groups.
Throughout Afghanistan, disputes with an ethnic bias dimension are among the most intractable, and Ghazni’s is one of the country’s most divided jurisdictions. There is very little meaningful communication between its segregated Pashtun and Hazara communities, and Ghazni is the site of inter-communal violence over political representation and resources. Young Hazaras and Pashtuns in Ghazni grow up in an environment of extreme segregation. They attend separate schools, worship in separate mosques, belong to mono-ethnic community organizations, speak two different languages at home, and seldom interact face to face outside of brief commercial exchanges in local markets1. To counter violent threats to a peaceful transition.2. To foster tolerance and trust among different identity groups.3. To train 200 youth (100 females) from districts to be grassroots peace advocates over the course of a six-month activity that will include an inter-group dialogue retreat, six youth-led volunteer activities, and mentoring by peace,

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

the direct beneficiaries for one year will be the 22 program staff who will be employed under this activity, as well as the 200 youth trainees from community for 3 years will be 666. The indirect beneficiaries will be the the communities in which the 60 youth trainees live and work as grassroots peace advocates

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

This grant will support the development of an inter-ethnic and mixed gender team of 200 grassroots youth peace advocates in community over the course of a 2 years advocacy and community service pilot activity. Assisted by local teachers, youth associations, elders, and district government officials, WEMO will select an ethnically balanced group of approximately 60 young people (at least 25 females) between the ages of 16 and 30 to participate in a week-long inter-group dialogue retreat held in Kabul. To facilitate the participation of female youth, young women selected for the retreats will be permitted to bring mahrams (male family
members) if necessary. WEMO will work toward achieving gender parity among the retreat participants and will employ a female Field Coordinator to recruit female youth. At the inter-group dialogue retreat, participants will take part in a series of activities designed to build trust,
sensitively confront stereotypes, identify commonalities,

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Prototype: I have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

WEMO seeks to improve stability and peace in areas vulnerable to insurgent exploitation in order to create an enabling environment for sustainable peace and traditional development programs by (1) strengthening ties between and among local actors, customary governance structures, and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) and (2) empowering community-based resiliencies to mitigate sources of instability. Grounded in the principle that durable stab

Expertise in sector

  • 5-7 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

Throughout Afghanistan, disputes with an ethnic bias dimension are among the mostintractable, and Ghazni’s is one of the country’s most divided jurisdictions. There is very little ,WEMO want strengthening ties between and among local actors, customary governance structures, and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) and (2) empowering community-based resiliencies to mitigate sources of instability. Grounded in the principle that durable

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

WEMO aims at the unity of the people and is wishes unanimity of views that will bring long lasting peace and stability in the region. The stakeholder will be involve in education issues analyses, mobilization of trainees for establishing training center and monitoring the project activity and gave feedback for future and they support the implementation phase.We site The our objective according community needs, peace assessment, analyses the community issues that related for youth capacity building for peace, we Use of online tools, Knowledge Management platform (KMP), Mobile management platform (MMP) , social media, and exchanges by Afghan CSOs and activists to strengthen linkages, trade information and ideas, raise awareness, and share advocacy strategies among stakeholders, peace activists and organizations at regional, national and international levels in Ghazni province and also we have International partner in 10 country

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

Situation in Afghanistan demands for cooperative work that will involve many stakeholders. WEMO is aiming for joint venture where it will engage with different stakeholders, Government authorities, Minister of education and CSO’S that work for the development of peace and the involvement of the community itself in developmental works during the design of project involved Government staff, rural youth, community leaders and same expertise activists in peace section and etc WMO will ensure the involvement of the related authorities during the selection of trainees and instructors and other key issues, WMO aims at the unity of the people and is wishes unanimity of views that will bring long lasting peace and stability in the region. The stakeholder will be involve in peace issues analyses, mobilization of trainees for establishing training center and monitoring the project activity and gave feedback for future and they support the implementation phase

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

We site our objective according community problem and analyses the community issues that related for peace building and youth capacity building for peace, the objective set through a fair and technical evaluation process observed by representatives from Afghanistan Government,we Use of online tools, Knowledge Management platform (KMP), Mobile management platform (MMP) , social media, and exchanges by Afghan CSOs and activists to strengthen linkages, trade information and ideas, raise awareness,

Geographic Focus

The project will implementing in the Insecurity area, east provinces of Afghanistan

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

The WEMO youth for peace program is a joint commitment by the WEMO and Afghan governments to empower 600 youth for peace across Afghanistan. The largest youth’s empowerment initiative in WEMO history, Peace equips youth with the skills, experience, knowledge and networks to lead the country forward, together with their male counterparts, through the Transformation Decade (2018 – 2020) and beyond. is designed to build a cadre of national, provincial and local activists and CSO to effectivelypeac

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No

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Photo of Samantha Pathirathna
Team

Dear Mujahed,
This is interesting. Though we try this is not easy to educate and change those stakeholders. How do you feel about the use of open source software solutions and to connect those stakeholders and especially the youth to build their knowledge and skills through interesting ways. I am not sure the level of smartphone usage and the availability of the interest. If it is good then the use of ICT will also be a way to bridge them and I too would like to contribute in this regard. Looking forward to hear from you. Good Luck

Photo of Mujahed Mukhtar
Team

Dear Mr. Pathirathna,
Hope you are doing well. i am writing you that about 60% of people use from the ICT and Smartphones and it is really essential for our project.
we Use of online tools, Knowledge Management platform (KMP), Mobile management platform (MMP) , social media, and exchanges by Afghan CSOs and activists to strengthen linkages, trade information and ideas, raise awareness, and share advocacy strategies among stakeholders, peace activists and organizations at regional, national and international levels in Ghazni province

Photo of Samantha Pathirathna
Team

Thank you so much for sharing. Excellent. In my project I need to select 10 youth who will be trained on website developer and then get involved with developing religious websites to promote religious amity. So will you also be able to be a member of our team? If so I can add you also as a member. In our project we need to connect with 10 other countries to network youth through religious websites and activities. I too will be able to be a member of your proposal in terms of ICT applications and entrepreneurship related inputs. Good Luck Samantha

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Team

Greeting
i hope to be a member, Looking forward to member from you

Photo of Samantha Pathirathna
Team

Excellent I will add you for our team and we will discuss more details in coming days. Please then add me also in to your project so that we can mutually work to achieve good objectives to get youth to promote peace.

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