Youth development, reintegration, reconciliation and rehabilitation in post-conflict West Africa: a framework for Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire

Youth development, reintegration, reconciliation and rehabilitation in post-conflict West Africa: a framework for Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire

Investing in post conflict youth development

Young people are susceptible to being used as perpetrators of conflicts and civil disorders, yet they remain the most vulnerable and the most affected in post conflict communities. However, young people are also the greatest resource to achieving reconciliation and reconstruction. This is because of their innovation, energy, enthusiasm and exuberance.

Focusing on Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire this article argues that it is therefore imperative to massively invest in youth development in post conflict settings in order to prevent reoccurrence of crisis and to ensure that their energies are channelled towards sustainable development. The author highlights the key challenges of youth in post-conflict West Africa; suggest priority actions to be taken by governments and their partners to improve the status of youth in post-conflict West Africa; and evolve strategies for reintegration,  reconciliation and rehabilitation in post-conflict West Africa. Areas recommended for further focus include:

  • investment priorities for youth development
  • train, retrain and recruit teachers
  • research, science and technology
  • girl’s education
  • providing an enabling environment for businesses to thrive
  • scholarships for deserving young people
  • integrate HIV/AIDS into education curriculum
  • youth friendly health services.


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