ADVOCACY AND LOBBYING (AL)
” Youth aspirations must be met and their voices heard today, for us to build a sustainable society.”
ADECOP seeks to understand the urgent problems of Congolese youth and 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 that the role of youth is recognized and that they are effectively involved as partners in decision-making processes at all levels. Thus, our advocacy activities include:
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.
Local consultation on youth, peace and security
ADECOP periodically organizes online and in-person grassroots consultations bringing together youth, policy makers, UN bodies, and other social and political actors to find new impulses and innovative ways to provide Eastern DRC with a political and social agenda that reflects the needs and aspirations of youth to act as positive actors of change.
ADECOP hopes to set up conversations that will identify and analyze current youth peacebuilding efforts, highlight gaps and needed changes in policies and practices to support peace and youth participation, and establish joint and collaborative programs and actions for youth involvement in peacebuilding and conflict prevention.
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.
PROJECTS & IMPACT
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Youth Participation and Peacebuilding in Africa
Africa Union - Youth in Peacebuilding Initiative (AU-YPI)
On November 3, 2016, ADECOP participated in the African Union Youth in Peacebuilding Initiative (AU-YIP) program development workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The workshop was organized by three departments within the African Union, namely the Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security, and the African Union Youth Division 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 different phases of the initiative that will ultimately lead to coordinated action for youth participation in the governance and security efforts of the African Union. Discussions focused on:
- Strengthening inter-ministerial collaboration, support and ownership of the initiative.
- Reviewing the draft terms of reference for the scoping study on youth-led peacebuilding initiatives in Africa.
- Priority areas for 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.
Action on the Global Youth, Peace and Security Agenda
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.
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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GIVE PEACE A CHANCE! Equip the ADECOP’s Peace Center
For ADECOP, education is the key for youth involvement in the peacebuilding. We believe that educating young people about their roles key role they can play as peacebuilders and agents of change will inspire and stimulate their commitment to development, peace and democracy-building processes.
Our Peace Center consists of :
- An access point for community learning on peacebuilding and conflict resolution.
- A boardroom for weekly workshops and intergenerational discussions.
- An information and documentation center on youth, peace and security.