THE EAST AFRICA YOUTH EMPOWERMENT FORUM ON PEACE AND SECURITY IN AFRICA

The Yearning Voices Foundation-YVF is a non-profit membership Pan African oriented organization. It aims at building an empowered and resilient community. YVF is one of Uganda’s youth-led human rights and development organization with proven experience laying the foundation for equitable youth transformation and civic participation in Africa. YVF works with local communities, youth led initiatives and state institutions to promote peace, human rights and democracy for youth and women in Africa. For the last three years, YVF has initiated projects aimed at promoting peace and human dignity in Uganda and Africa at large. In 2015 we commissioned a study on the level of Re-offending among high risk youth in Kampala and their level of participation in policy discussions. Furthermore, in 2017 with support from CIVICUS we held a National Youth Empowerment Forum on the International Peace day under the theme: “Youth for Peace and Security in Africa.” The forum was attended by 267 youth from 6 countries of Africa i.e. Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Tunisia, Rwanda and DR Congo. It also led to the introduction of Peace Ambassadors across Uganda who have been trained and incorporated by IGAD/CEWARN as peace and conflict early warning field monitors.