Opportunity or threat: the engagement of youth in African societies

Opportunity or threat: the engagement of youth in African societies

The unemployment crisis in Africa is a critical challenge to a majority of youth. This situation demands a clear policy framework, accompanied by clear budgetary allocations. The chapters in this monograph examine the dynamics of the youth population on the basis of underlying relationships and social structures. The chapters seek to interrogate whether conflict and subsequent post-conflict societies enable new opportunities to change structures, so as to effect constructive change that enhances both the participation and survival of youth – and which will consequently contribute to enhancing their place as a constituency of peace.

Chapter titles:

  • Political youth: Finding alternatives to violence in Sierra Leone: Christine Cubitt
  • The danger of marginalisation: An analysis of Kenyan youth and their integration into political, socio-economic life: Daniel Forti and Grace Maina
  • Interrogating traditional youth theory: Youth peacebuilding and engagement in post-conflict Liberia: Martha Mutisi
  • ‘When the choice is either to kill or be killed’: Rethinking youth and violent conflict in post-conflict South Sudan: William Tsuma
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