Using education, workforce development, and civic and political engagement, we empower vulnerable youth to play a key role in preventing violence in their communities. In Mexico, we are providing critical support to civil society organizations working directly with at-risk youth in target communities to mitigate the spread of crime and violence. Similarly, in Central America, we are devising approaches to prevent violence related to organized crime, narcotics, arms trafficking, and youth gangs. In marginalized and conflict-prone areas of Lebanon, we have led activities encouraging youth to become leaders by fostering critical thinking skills, civic engagement, and a desire to participate in the political process.
Youth Violence Prevention.
Stop, Look, and Listen! Preventing Recruitment of Youth into Illicit Activities in Southern Colombia
This post originally appeared on Harvard’s Center for International Development’s Building State Capability program’s blog. The authors successfully completed the 15-week Practice of Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation online course. This is their story. As development practitioners, we tend to rush in with solutions to deal with complex problems. We impose so-called best practices without digging…