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End Violent Conflict. It’s our purpose -- our call to action.
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Join the Washington Network on Children & Armed Conflict for a discussion at the intersection of humanitarian and peacebuilding programming: what is the most effective way to prevent and respond to violence against children? Jessica Lenz, Senior Program Manager-Protection at InterAction, will share how a results-based approach leads to improved protection outcomes in conflict and humanitarian situations.

Solving complex protection problems requires the contribution of multiple actors engaged in multidisciplinary approaches. How can humanitarian and conflict resolution actors come together to address child protection issues? Through an interactive dialogue, Jessica Lenz, Senior Program Manager-Protection at InterAction, will speak about using a results-based approach to address child protection issues. Jessica has recently returned from Colombia where she explored how a results-based approach to protection can be used to prevent the recruitment of children by armed groups.

The discussion will highlight some observations from Colombia and around the world, and explore opportunities for strengthening programming to achieve protection outcomes. To learn more about results-based protection, visit https://protection.interaction.org/
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Emerging Practices in Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation of Education for Peacebuilding Programming Guide

Please come support our very own Search colleague, Rebecca Herrington as she discusses in greater detail the newly released "Emerging Practices in Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation of Education for Peacebuilding Programming Guide".
 
40 million of the 70 million children not in school are living in conflict-affected environments. Even for those in school, education is never neutral and can often contribute to conflict through inequitable access, discriminatory resource distribution, and reinforcement of stereotypes and divisions through curriculum, etc. This makes it all the more essential to focus on the positive potential of education, leveraging the learning space and common community goals for education to build social cohesion, strengthen youth-led conflict resolution skills, and create safer learning environments that provide both physical and psychosocial protection. 
 
The current needs around the world make education for peacebuilding the new standard for implementing education programs.
 
To support education for peacebuilding as the new standard, SFCG, in partnership with UNICEF, has published this practical Guide which focuses on key elements of program design, monitoring, and evaluation (DM&E) for education interventions with peacebuilding aims in fragile and conflict-affected environments.
 
This guide addresses key questions such as, 
 
What should practitioners consider when designing programs and accompanying M&E systems that contribute to education for peacebuilding programming?
What are unique and specific considerations for conducting outcome-oriented M&E planning within complex, conflict-sensitive contexts?
What are some relevant M&E tools and resources for education for peacebuilding programming? 

Please find attached the Emerging Practices Guide for your viewing! 
 
About the speaker:
 
Rebecca Herrington is a Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation Specialist with Search for Common Ground, currently working with 14 countries to provide technical DM&E support to UNICEF’s Peacebuilding, Education, and Advocacy programme. She has been working for seven years in conflict program management and DM&E, with a focus on program design and conflict sensitivity. Prior to her work at Search for Common Ground, Rebecca developed a strong governance specialization centered on fragile states, technical options development for dialogue, and strategies for shared societies captured through her chapter on Governance in Mari Fitzduff’s Public Policies for Shared Societies book. She has worked throughout Central America, MENA, and East Africa, building lessons learned through living and working abroad in rural, conflict-affected and transitional communities. Rebecca holds dual Masters degrees in International Development and Conflict Management from Brandeis University.
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Join the Washington Network on Children & Armed Conflict for an event on youth exclusion and development in war-affected Africa with Marc Sommer, author of The Outcast Majority.

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While African youth are demographically dominant, most see themselves as members of an outcast minority. Their outlier perspective directly informs the fresh and compelling new thinking about war, development, and youth in The Outcast Majority by Marc Sommer.

Featuring interviews with development experts and young people, this book contrasts forces that shape and propel youth lives in war and post-war Africa with those that influence and constrain the international development aid enterprise.

With an eye on the colossal populations of excluded and profoundly undervalued youth in conflict-affected Africa and far beyond, the concluding framework delivers practical steps for making development work significantly more relevant and effective.

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Marc Sommers is an internationally recognized youth expert with research experience in over twenty war-affected countries. He has provided analysis and technical advice to policy institutes, donor and United Nations agencies, and NGOs. He also is the author of seven previous books, including Stuck: Rwandan Youth and the Struggle for Adulthood (Georgia), which received an Honorable Mention for the African Studies Association’s Bethwell A. Ogot Book Prize, Islands of Education: Schooling, Civil War, and the Southern Sudanese (1983–2004), and Fear in Bongoland: Burundi Refugees in Urban Tanzania, which received the Margaret Mead Award.
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For many children and young people around the world, participation in sport is about more than just playing a game. In some scenarios, competition around sports can lead to mistrust, hooliganism, and even violence. But with careful coaching, sports can teach lessons about cooperation, healthy competition, rules and fairness, and trust. “Sports for Peace” initiatives use sports as an arena for conflict resolution. Children and young people can benefit from these initiatives on multiple levels, from positive development of young people as leaders and team members, to improved relationships between groups who believe they have nothing in common. Join us for a meeting of the Washington Network on Children in Armed Conflict (WNCAC) as we hear from two experts in this field, Dean Ravizza and Julie Younes. Our speakers will share results and findings from their recent research in Uganda and Israel/Palestine, and they will outline best practices for conflict sensitive sports for peace programs with children and young people in conflict or post-conflict contexts. An interactive discussion will follow the presentations, and light breakfast will be provided.
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For the first gathering of this kind, young people, youth-led organizations, non-governmental organizations, governments & the UN will come together to agree on a common vision and roadmap to partner with young people in preventing conflict, countering violent extremism & building lasting peace. The Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security is taking place August 21 & 22, but we want your thoughts first! 

Tune in and help us declare a new international agenda on behalf of youth everywhere!

Make sure to tweet using #Youth4Peace!

Visit: www.youth4peace.info for more info. 

SPEAKERS
1. Jessica Murrey, Moderator (Search for Common Ground)
2. Meg Villanueva, Lead Facilitator
3. Chernor Bah, Lead Facilitator
4. Gulalai Ismail, Selected youth participant from Pakistan
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