Why do young men join Boko Haram?

My reflections on the Boko Haram challenge originally published by The Nerve. --- Africa has since the 20th century been characterized as the theatre of the world’s most protracted violence, and this, sadly, continuous to frame the discourse on its youth. In the highly regarded book ‘Vanguard or Vandals: Youth, Politics and Conflict in Africa’ …

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What is the value of Youth participation in decision making processes?

I was invited during early October by the UN Population Fund to share my experiences at the General Assembly Meeting of the East and Southern African branch of the African Youth and Adolescents Network on Population and Development (AfriYAN) in Johannesburg, South Africa. Below is an excerpt from the reflections I shared during a leadership workshop session …

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Communication, Reporting, Healing and Sexual and Reproductive Health – Thank you!

The year 2013, which comes to an end today, had been a roller coaster – but thank you for all you did to make it so. It started with some interesting discussion regarding ‘communication, advocacy and reporting’ and then moved on the ‘trauma healing’ in the context of conflict and post-conflict reconstruction, healing and reconciliation. …

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It’s time to implement the African Youth Charter!

In July 2006, at the 7th ordinary AU summit held in Banjul, the Gambia, two months following the first ordinary session of the conference of Ministers in charge of Youth in the African Union (COMY 1), the Assembly of Heads of State and Government endorsed the African Youth Charter and declared the year 2008 as …

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Call for Research Papers focused on Adolescent and Youth Development

Dear Colleague, I am pleased to invite your participation in our youth social indicators project ‘call for papers’ and request you to kindly disseminate this letter to faculty members whose research focuses on topics related to adolescent and youth development in Nigeria. Of particular interest are papers from education, social sciences, health sciences and agricultural sciences. The aim of …

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