"Being and Becoming a Peacebuilder": Insights from 20,000 Hours of Youth-Led Dialogues in the Horn of Africa
“Being and Becoming a Peacebuilder” puts forward key insights and resultant recommendations inspired from an analysis of a conflict transformation methodology, called Sustained Dialogue. The Life & Peace Institute has been implementing Sustained Dialogue processes, with nearly 8,500 young women and men, in Ethiopia and Sudan within university settings since 2009 and 2013 respectively, and in Kenya in urban informal settlements in the capital, Nairobi, and in marginalised urban and rural areas in the north-eastern part of the country since 2016. Across these three contexts diverse young women and men face compounded, entrenched socio-political and socio-economic dynamics of marginalization. This deep-rooted exclusion further hinders youth’s meaningful inclusion and participation in decision-making processes, and specifically in peace processes.