Empowering Youth as Agents for Peace and Social Cohesion

Summary 

The Solomon Islands is entering a critical phase in its peacebuilding journey; the Regional Assistance Mission has now fully withdrawn, national and provision elections in early 2019 are a potential flashpoint in a context where government spending is increasingly dominated by discretionary spending managed by Members of Parliament, and a referendum on independence in neighbouring Bougainville risks reigniting violence along the porous border. 

In this context and in support of the recently launched National Youth Policy, this project will empower marginalised young Solomon Islanders, particularly young women both to engage in decision-making and as pro-active social entrepreneurs to address local sources of grievances. It will take peacebuilding efforts in a new direction, and into new locations that have traditionally been beyond the reach of development efforts and government services to help nurture a new generation of effective peace advocates and national builders. 

Planned Outcomes: 

  1. Strengthen the voices of young people particularly young women in Honiara, North Malaita, the Weather Coast of Guadalcanal, and boarder communities in the West, in terms of decision making processes related to issues identified in the Perceptions Survey on peacebuilding. 
  2. Communities in the hotspot areas are more resilient to conflict with more socially, economically and politically empowered youth particularly young women engaging as peace builders.

Status:

Ongoing

Project start date:

December 2018

Estimated end date:

June 2021

Focus area:

  • accelerate structural transformations
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Solomon Islands

    Implementing partner:

    United Nations Development Programme

    Full project information  

    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • United Nations Development Pro
  • Peacebuilding Fund
  • Amount contributed

    $1,378,973

    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2020 $588,302

    2019 $566,209

    2018 $0

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