About the Project

23. Jan, 2019

Peace by the people II: Youth-led reconciliation in northeast Nigeria

Objectives:
1. Strengthening of a youth network committed
to pursuing non-violent alternatives.
2. Family, community leaders, local
government, security officials and young people
have the space to engage constructively on the
challenges they face.
3. Civil society has the capacity and resources
to proactively raise the needs and interests of
affected communities to relevant duty bearers.

The terrorizing effect of the activities of the fundamentalist sect, Boko Haram on the socio-economic conditions in the northeastern states of Nigeria is no more news. The various sectarian crises and the deterioration of traditional values and structure in the north-eastern states have created a situation for the people living in those State not to believe that peace and reconciliation is possible. The present sectarian crises had affected the political and social economic needs of many communities in the State which have translated to tougher economic challenges which have impeded development activities.

In Yobe State, youth are identified as the premise for lasting peace and subsequent sustainability of tranquility in our society. This is because they are the ones who will transform their communities into a more secure and productive neighborhood. To this course, Hope Interactive with support from Conciliation Resources will continue implementing “peace by the people” to strengthen the capacity of youth to prevent and respond to violent conflict in eight communities of Yobe state. The Local government areas and communities that the project will be implemented are:

*Damaturu: Nayinawa, Pompomari, and Ajiari.

*Potiskum: Yindiski, Kaskula and Hausawa-Asibiti.

*Geidam: Kasuwan Shanu and Kwari.

*Fune: Damagum and Ngelzarma.

In concrete terms, the project activity will entail the strengthening of the existing youth networks and creation of new ones to continue pursuing the non-violent alternative.

About the implementing organizations: Hope Interactive (HI) and Conciliation Resources (CR):
Hope Interactive is a Non-Governmental Organization registered with the Cooperate Affairs Commission (CAC) in Nigeria since 2004 with the sole aim of promoting a healthy, fair and sustainable future for all the people of Nigeria by eradicating poverty and improving the quality of life through capacity building in various spheres of human development.
Conciliation Resources (CR) is an independent registered UK charity peacebuilding organization working with people in conflict to prevent violence and promote peace by empowering and building the capacity of marginalized groups, including youth, women and providing advice, support and practical resources to help communities resolve differences and working together to end conflicts.