Youth Action for Community Development and Peace (Action des jeunes pour le Développement Communautaire et la Paix — ADECOP) is an independent youth education and engagement non-profit that seeks to contribute to lasting peace in war-prone societies through building cohesive and resilient communities.
Founded in 2002, ADECOP encourages young people and vulnerable social minorities to take an active role in laying the foundations for lasting peace in their communities by:
  • increasing awareness and understanding of the meaning of community organizing for peace, democracy and development
  • strengthening organizing and advocacy skills among local youth constituencies and other community actors
  • supporting local actions that address the issues facing young people and their communities
  • the spaces and channels for youth engagement in public life along other actors, both local and external, and
  • advancing knowledge and informing policymaking in the areas of youth, peacebuilding and community-building action.
We envision a cohesive and inclusive society, in which everyone feels safe and confident to engage individually or with others towards better, productive and sustainable social life.


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ADECOP President in Panel for launch of the Study on Children and Armed Conflict, UNICEF HQ


ADECOP Group Leaders visit a Youth Club in Goma