ADECOP in Action

ADECOP IN ACTION

COMMUNITY EDUCATION AND OUTREACH (CEO)

“Education is the key for youth involvement in peacebuilding”

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ADECOP aims at improving the capacity of young people and vulnerable minorities to engage in peacebuilding processes in order to produce a positive impact on their community. We believe that education is the foundation of a productive and massive involvement of youth as peacebuilders, that is why our outreach approach consists of a series of training, exchanges and information sessions using a methodology of non-formal learning.

Our training and information sessions include the following activities:

1.Training of young peacebuilders

ADECOP’s training aims to equip young Congolese with fundamental knowledge around the concepts of violence, conflict resolution and peace.

The training sessions develop skills which can be transferred to regular life circumstances today and in the future. To this end, the emphasis is to empower participants to serve as “multipliers” so that they can replicate their knowledge and reach out to their peers and other stakeholders in their communities on how to commit for peace and change.

2.The panel of wise

ADECOP develops an innovative, effective and creative approach to peacebuilding which has a particular focus on “storytelling” as a tool of inspiration and mobilization of youth to the ideals of peace and conflict resolution.

The panel of wise is an interactive process of initiation to peace and good citizenship based on a series of exchanges and informal discussions whose objective is to generate a moral imagination and a desire for action within Congolese youth, drawing inspiration from the efforts and experiences of other young people who, through their work, have made a significant contribution to social change and the consolidation of peace all over the world.

3.The multicultural exchange site

ADECOP organizes art exhibitions and cultural exchange workshops bringing together young people from different ethnicities and tribes of the DRC and the Great Lakes region in order to break cycle of hate speech propagation, tribal and ethnic radicalization and identity discrimination resulting from decades of conflicts that have destroyed social fabric and plunged the region into a cycle of violence and mistrust between communities.

In response to the need of an emerging cohesive and resilient community, ADECOP engages the creative energies of youth in multicultural learning processes leading them to positively experience cultural and identity differences while adopting new ways of expression, thinking and behavior in presence of members of other identity groups.

DRC HATE SPEECH LEXICON

Intercultural projects

DRC Hate Speech Lexicon Project

A 6 months Research Project funded by PeaceTech Lab and implemented by ADECOP in the first semester of 201 to creating a lexicon identifying and contextualizing hateful terms and language on social media and online platforms in the DRC

Phase 1. Hate speech horizon scanning survey

Identify specific terms that fuel inter-ethnic conflicts in the 4 linguistic regions of the DRC.

  • 15 strategic cities
  • 343 online and field respondents
  • 15 primary and 3 additional terms validated by PeaceTechLab

 

Phase 2. Validation and contextualization of hate speech terms

the initial list of hate speech terms was critically reviewed in focus groups and key informant interviews to verify definitions and contextual use of hate speech terms and phrases.

  • 3 Validation workshops: About 60 participants attended the workshop in different locations : Kinshasa, Kisangani and Lubumbashi.
  • 4 in-depth interviews with experts

 

Phase 3. Social Media Monitoring and Reporting

PeaceTech Lab used software tools to create visualizations of hate speech terms and phrases from the lexicon.

The lexicon can be downloaded at the following link: DRC HateSpeech Lexicon PDF

DRC HATE SPEECH LEXICON

Knowledge exchange and experience in intercultural education

ADECOP participated in a knowledge and experience exchange project with students of the Master’s Degree in Peace Education of the University for Peace (Upeace) in Costa Rica. The motivation for this learning project was that we learn best by doing and engaging in constructive dialogue with others about our work and the contexts in which we work.

ADECOP had 4 concerns:

  • The elements necessary for good action planning and project monitoring and evaluation;
  • The best tools to analyze an intercultural problem as it appears in public and political discourses;
  • The different instruments of political and social actions for intercultural projects;
  • The best practices that would allow ADECOP to integrate the intercultural dimension of its education and community awareness program.

 

While the Upeace students were more interested in how ADECOP organized its training and awareness raising activities in the field.

During online presentation via skype to overcome the barrier of distance through technology. The ADECOP members being in Goma, DRC and the students meeting in Finca La Ponderosa, Costa Rica.

During this videoconference the members of ADECOP shared their experiences and fieldwork. Focusing on reflection and learning. Reflection to analyze the micro and macro social and political environment and learning to guide actions inspired and adapted to the evolution of knowledge, needs and practices in the field of peacebuilding.

One of the students shared on the post-war context in Cambodia/Vietnam allowing ADECOP members to reflect on inter-ethnic and identity-based conflicts in the Great Lakes region.

The Upeace students shared with ADECOP various modules and activities and a list of intercultural education competencies that allowed ADECOP to reflect on strengths and areas of growth in intercultural education competencies. Based on these strengths, the organization was able to develop a strategy for action.

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AMANI FESTIVAL

ADECOP in collaboration with Youth Care organized an awareness of three from February 9, 2018 on the sidelines of the Amani Festival (Peace Festival) organized annually in the city of Goma.

Le chargé de Communication de ADECOP a sensibilisé sur les activités de ADECOP et de son réseau UNOY avant de parler de la Résolution 2250 sur la jeunesse, la paix et la sécurité et les Objectifs de Développement Durable comme piliers d’Actions de l’organisation.

The message brought by ADECOP concerning the fight against disinformation of the masses and the sensitization on the freedom of expression of the youth.

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Peace Caravan

On Thursday, October 3rd, the Youth Club for Life – CJV in collaboration with ADECOP and several other structures and local and foreign actors mainly from Rwanda organized a peace caravan in which took part about 100 young activists.

With the theme “our diversity, our opportunity”, the activity had two main parts:

1. Peaceful march for peace: Banner, calico and poster in hand, carrying awareness messages on a route of nearly 6 kilometers. Following the itinerary followed a traffic circle bon voyage (Kihisi) – Majengo road – a witness kilometer to fall at the basketball stadium ISC.

2. Conference debate: The key message of the day was that tolerance and acceptance between peoples and identity groups are the first steps towards a dignified and solid social cohesion.

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INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGES

ADECOP has organized 35 online exchanges via Skype each between young people from the city of Goma and those from around the world on the challenges and opportunities they face in their lives. Thus, the organization is gradually rehabilitating the dynamic image of Congolese youth who are not too active on the international scene due to a lack of means of communication. These discussions revealed that Congolese youth can also inspire young people elsewhere through their achievements which are not always known or valued.

The message brought by ADECOP concerning the fight against disinformation of the masses and the sensitization on the freedom of expression of the youth.

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EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY AWARENESS SESSIONS

Over 2017, ADECOP organized 8 training sessions on the basics of peace and non-violence with young students from universities in the city of Goma. Approximately 350 young people took part in training sessions and non-formal education (learning by doing) of knowledge and skills to set up projects for peace and conflict resolution, through the understanding of the fundamental concepts of peace, violence and conflict.

The message brought by ADECOP concerning the fight against disinformation of the masses and the sensitization on the freedom of expression of the youth.

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YOUTH FOR PEACE TRAINING PROJECT

The revitalization of ADECOP and its integration into the UNOY network having resulted in the online training project ”youth for peace” which inspired the realization of many other projects of this kind within the UNOY Network around the world and allowed ADECOP to build a very young and dynamic team.

In March 2017, ADECOP organized the restitution in 3 sessions, focusing on: the creation and management of an association, the path of youth involvement in peacebuilding, project management. This restitution aimed at establishing

an assurance of the mastery of these notions by the former members of ADECOP but also to this same end, the training of new members. Thus, ADECOP has set up a system of peer educators and coaching, allowing for a permanent transfer of knowledge among the members of the Association.

ADVOCACY AND LOBBYING (AL)

“Youth aspirations must be satisfied if we want to build a sustainable society”

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ADECOP seeks on the one hand to understand the pressing issues of Congolese youth and on the other hand to ensure that they are taken into account and included as priorities in the agenda of local, national, regional and global socio-political actors.

The objective of our advocacy work is to ensure the recognition of the role of youth and their effective participation as partners in decision-making processes at all levels. Thus, our advocacy activities include:

1. Documentation center on peace and non-violence

The ADECOP peace center uses the Research – Action – Participation approach. This approach has three objectives:

-Raise awareness: ADECOP organizes regular information sessions to disseminate the aspirations of the resolutions 2250, 2419 and 2535 and others policies and frameworks on youth, peace and security. The idea is to communicate to the local community the importance of the new agenda on youth, peace and security and to sensitize social and political stakeholders of the critical role they have to play at achieving it.

-Diagnose the local context: ADECOP conducts thematic issue analysis comparing the sociopolitical speech and media contents to the daily realities of youth in the region to highlight the challenges and opportunities of the implementation of the youth, peace and security agenda in DRC and the Great Lakes region .

-Produce and publish information, articles, books on the current state of knowledge and practices in the field of youth, peace and security in DRC and the Great Lakes region.

2.Local consultation on youth, peace and security 

ADECOP organize periodic online and in person  grassroots  consultations bringing together youth, policy-makers, UN bodies and other social and political stakeholders to find new impetus and innovative ways to equip the Eastern DRC with a political and social agenda reflecting the needs and aspirations of youth to act as positive actors of change. 

ADECOP wants to bring at the table conversations that will help to identify and analyze the youth current peacebuilding efforts; to highlight gaps and necessary changes in policies and practices to sustain peace and youth participation; and to establish programs and joint and collaborative actions for youth involvement in peacebuilding and conflict prevention.

3. Influencing youth Policy 

ADECOP recognizes the importance of working with other organizations in creating and sustaining partnerships, coalitions and networks for greater impact in promoting the positive role of youth as builders of peace and agents of change at local, national, regional and global levels.

Partnerships involve the sharing of information, analyzes and methodologies, consultation in the design, management and implementation of projects, writing of concept and strategy notes, policy briefs and presentation in panels discussions during forums, conferences, workshops and symposia on youth, peace and security.

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Youth and peacebuilding in Africa

African Union -Youth in Peacebuilding Initiative (AU-YPI)

On November 3, 2016, ADECOP participated in the program development workshop for the African Union Youth in Peacebuilding Initiative (AU-YIP) in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). Organized by three departments within the African Union, including the Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security, the Youth Division of the African Union with technical and financial support from the Institute for Security (ISS).

The main objective of the workshop was to develop the various programmatic components of the AU-YPI and to examine the various phases of the initiative which will ultimately lead to coordinated action in favor of the participation of young people in the governance and security efforts of the African Union. Discussions focused on:

  • Strengthening inter-ministerial collaboration, support and ownership of the initiative
  • Revision of the draft terms of reference for the horizon study on youth peacebuilding initiatives in Africa.
  • The priority areas of the Youth Peacebuilders initiative.

 

African Youth Advocacy Team – (AYAT-UNOY)

ADECOP participated  in the development of the new UNOY African Youth Advocacy Team (AYAT) strategy, a collaborative platform for youth peacebuilders in Africa whose objective is to :

  • Highlight what youth are doing on the ground to build peace and prevent violence in their communities, to transform negative perceptions of youth as a potential security threat and to see them as peacemakers;
  • Advocate for the localization of Resolution 2250 and the operationalization of the African Youth Charter at regional, national and local levels in Africa;
  • Mobilize possible support and resources for youth and youth organizations building peace on the African continent.
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International Forums on Youth,Peace and Security

Online symposium on employment and interfaith dialogue, UNFPA, United Nations Youth Volunteers and United Nations Peacebuilding Fund, Sri Lanka, February 19, 2018.

The Executive Director of ADECOP spoke in an online panel with Romeral Ortiz Quintilla, consultant at UNOY (United Network of Young Peacebuilders) and Mridul Upadhyay, Asia Regional Coordinator at UNOY in a symposium organized by UNFPA and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme on youth employment and interfaith dialogue in Sri Lanka. About 150 youth physically participated in the activity.

Comparing the situation of youth in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sri Lanka, ADECOP’s message was that there is no youth participation without socio-economic empowerment as peacebuilding initiatives must offer an alternative to violence through equal access to community resources by youth as youth remain a demographically growing group but with low economic capacity making them susceptible to being engaged in gangs or recruited by violent groups and rebel and armed movements.

This makes it difficult to sustain peace in situations where large numbers of youth are unemployed, poor, or under-informed. The message brought by ADECOP was to raise awareness of the aspirations of Resolution 2250 to legitimize youth as agents of change and to act to seek and create opportunities for change in the community.

A call to the youth of Sri Lanka to unite in associative and entrepreneurial movements regardless of their tribal or ethnic differences and origins and to focus on the challenges facing their community.

Online Celebration of the Second Anniversary of Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security, UN Inter-Agency Working Group on Youth and Peacebuilding and Search for Common Ground, December 19, 2017.

During the online celebration of the second anniversary of Resolution 2250 by Search for Common Ground, the Director of ADECOP made a presentation on the theme “2 year of the UNSCR 2250: a practitioner view” to take stock of the progress in terms of the implementation of Resolution 2250 at the global and local levels in the presence of the entire international peacebuilding community.

ADECOP conducts thematic analyses on the various issues of youth participation. ADECOP took advantage of this opportunity to display to donors and different actors the important strategies for youth engagement in the decision-making process in the Great Lakes region. Among others:

  • The creation of funds to finance local youth projects that support global ideals;
  • The organization of meetings between youth and their political authorities;
  • The creation of joint projects for peace.

 

“Youth as PeaceBuilders Forum,” United Nation Association for Canada, Vancouver/BC, CANADA, November 14-15, 2017.

The Executive Director of ADECOP participated in the Youth as Peacebuilders Forum in November in Vancouver, Canada, organized by the United Nations Association in Canada. During this conference, the Executive Director of ADECOP sensitized the government authorities of Canada, the Director of La Francophonie, the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations and various leaders of international NGOs on the need to create programs and youth centers for youth in order to promote their participation in addition to adopting inclusive youth policies.

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Localizing the Resolution 2250

Raising awareness on the Resolution 2250

In December 2016, ADECOP organized 6 sessions to disseminate Resolution 2250. 

The aim of these dissemination sessions is to make young people aware of the positive role they have to play in their communities as agents of change. These activities were carried out by the members of the ADECOP, each one in his / her environment of life (family, school, district, place of recreation, etc.).

Empowering youth to build peace

Over 2017, ADECOP organized 8 training sessions on the basics of peace and non-violence with young students from universities in the city of Goma. Approximately 350 young people took part in training sessions and non-formal education (learning by doing) of knowledge and skills to set up projects for peace and conflict resolution, through the understanding of the fundamental concepts of peace, violence and conflict.

Active Citizenship Conference

In January 2016, ADECOP signed a partnership and collaboration contract with BENENFANCE CONGO (Volunteering for Children). This partnership led to the realization of a conference that brought together more than 120 young people at the Faculty of Law of the Université Libre des Pays des Grands-Lacs around the theme of citizen participation in the democratic process in the DRC. The presentation by the representative of ADECOP focused on the question: the demographic emergence of youth: challenges or opportunities for responsible citizenship?

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International Peace Days

2019 : Climate Action, Peace Action

Peace is a general issue that every generation, every area or sector of life… faces every day. The day dedicated to the celebration of peace; September 21; is a day where everyone in their community and according to their means is free to participate in their own way by organizing one or more activities of their choice.

Thus, the project called the collective action first edition has brought together about 500 young people from the city of Goma and its neighborhood. It will be enriched by a succession of activities including sports, artistic and educational.

2018 : Right to peace: 70 years after the UDHR

On September 22, 2018, ADECOP organized a cultural day on the occasion of the celebration of the International Day of Peace, under the theme: ”Right to Peace: 70 years after the UDHR”.

The celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights took place in a worrying political and security context in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Serious violations of human rights are multiplying, with young people, religious groups and political opponents of the KABILA government being the main targets.

Throughout the country, the space for freedom of expression and association for civil society has shrunk. Marches and public gatherings were violently repressed by police and army forces, qualifying them as disturbances to public order.

SKILLS BUILDING AND ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (SBOD)

‘‘There is no youth participation in peacebuilding without social and economic empowerment’’

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In support of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) , ADECOP works to improve social and economical capacities of young people and vulnerable minorities.

1.Youth Local Initiatives

Born out of the simple idea that given the chance to realize their projects, youth can bring a sustainable change in our community and therefore be a real springboard for youth participation. The objective of ADECOP is to ensure that Congolese youth have the technical and financial support to develop their creativity by giving them the opportunity to implement entrepreneurial and innovative ideas. ADECOP is developing partnerships to offer entrepreneurial coaching and formation: on theories on the organization and community management of groups, Practical skills training, such as community mapping, advocacy, communication and the design of projects and thematic issues, such as community safety, youth-adult partnerships, social entrepreneurship and active citizenship. 

To reduce poverty and unemployment rate among the youth, ADECOP is envisioning to create a fund to support projects connected to the SDGs, where youth plan to tackle local social and economical issues.  ADECOP actively seeks opportunities to strengthen its capacity to provide support to the launch and then continue technical assistance to viable social enterprises that have the potential to increase the contribution of young people in their communities and to strengthen social cohesion.

2.Idea Hub

ADECOP offer a computing Centre and a collaborative workspace. The incorporation of this program is an echo to the assumption that youth initiatives beyond their limited internal capacities, the inability to purchase the services and equipment necessary to their projects (communication, logistic, administration) could be an obstacle. The idea is to set up a hub to welcome 3 to 5 small youth groups and enterprises that could come and use equipment or services whenever needed for their community projects. In addition, the hub is also a way of supporting the creation of links between various youth groups by the virtue of the sharing of the same resources and exchanges about their experiences.

3.Social Assistance and Aid

ADECOP organizes two 6-month programs annually where 25 young people from the street and poor and disadvantaged youth choose a major field of study, to be trained in theoretical and practical trades. The goal is to enable these youth to be self-sufficient, earn an income and support themselves financially.

The major areas of study include:

  • Sewing / Embroidery / Knitting
  • Carpentry / Joinery
  • Electrical installation
  • Masonry
  • Welding
  • Agribusiness

YOUTH CLUBS: TAIFA NETWORK

“When young people come together, they mobilize each other, imagine a change and work to achieve it”

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A central element of the strategy of ADECOP toward a greater participation of young people is the support of the establishment and operation of clubs for young people. These small independent groups of young people often form on the basis of something that the young people have in common (e.g., same school, same neighborhood, same recreation) as well as a motivation to make social change through community and citizen action.

The Youth Clubs organize competitions, workshops and campaigns and other actions of solidarity. ADECOP promotes the Youth Clubs as fun and appealing places for young people to become involved in the service of their community. It is expected that the group dynamics for change that begins in the clubs will subsequently be an ongoing integral part of the lives of youth club members, and will also extend to their families and communities.

In the long term, the Youth Clubs also serve on the social reintegration of young former soldiers and combatants and other vulnerable groups of young people through their inclusion in the building and the regeneration of communities.

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