Read the --> Global Evaluation of Children and Youth in Peacebuilding Published July 2015

Summary: Multi-agency, multi-country, multi-donor evaluation on children, youth participation in peacebuilding (3M)


Young people constitute the majority in many countries and well over half of the 1 billion people who live in contexts of conflict and violence are children. Our organizations value the protection and participation of these most vulnerable children and youth. They are already building peace effectively in their communities, and we need to explore their potential and define their contribution. Responding to this challenge is critical to our own values and objectives as organisations who prioritise the participation of children and youth. We wish to improve existing peacebuilding practices and we see the need for a rigorous evidence base on child and youth participation in peacebuilding developed through a multi-agency, multi-country, multi-donor evaluation, that will work to strengthen the impact of peacebuilding programs, and peacebuilding architectures, to in the long-run achieve societal transformation. Such a global evaluation of children and youth peacebuilding has never been carried out. The evaluation will focus on Colombia, DR Congo and Nepal.

The evaluation is a collaborative initiative by the Global Partnership for Child and Youth Participation in Peacebuilding. The Global Partnership is composed of agencies, individuals, institutes and organizations coupled with children and youth—collaboratively working to support children’s and youth’s effective participation in peace processes and building across individual, family, peer, school, community, national regional to global levels. The Project Leadership Group, consisting of PATRIR, Save the Children Norway, Search for Common Ground, the United Network of Young Peacebuilders and World Vision are the implementing organizations.

The purpose of the evaluation is to:

1.    Systematically and rigorously assess the impact and effectiveness of child and youth participation in peacebuilding - what is working and not working; how and why it’s working / not working; and by what criteria  

2.     Learn and understand what is being done; document how young people affected by war and violence have been transformed into agents of peace;

3.     Better understand and be able to better understand how to achieve impact in Child and Youth Participation in Peacebuilding (CYPP) and how CYPP contributes to benefitting children and youth and to benefitting societal peace

4.     Identify, make visible and make sense of achievements, gaps, challenges, difficulties and “keys” to success in terms of CYPP

5.     Identify concrete measures and practical steps and lessons that can improve the quality of work going forward in CYPP as well as in peacebuilding, peacemaking, peacekeeping, peace processes and peace consolidation

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