Featured Theme: Youth, Conflict & Peacebuilding

Building off International Youth Day (August 14), Peace Exchange, in partnership with YouthPower Learning and Action, is launching the Youth, Conflict and Peacebuilding (YCP) Campaign! Over the next several months, the community will organize webinars, share programming resources, and highlight other organizations’ research and work on YCP. We look forward to your engagement and support!

Learn more about USAID’s Investment in Youth below:

USAID is a leader in supporting youth-focused development and peacebuilding initiatives – learn more about USAID’s efforts below and on Peace Exchange at www.dmeforpeace.org/peacexchange.

YouthPower is USAID’s flagship program that supports increasing the participation of youth-led and youth-serving institutions in the creation of development programs. The Youth Power website connects communities of practice together to discuss youth engagement, youth and gender, soft skills, positive youth development and youth in conflict.

USAID’s Youth In Development Policy guides how agency programs can best work with youth to address health, education, economic opportunity, participation and security.

YouthMappers is an initiative that mobilizes young leaders and university students through GIS mapping projects that address challenges facing their communities and development.

USAID supports youth leadership through the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) and Generation Democracy. These programs have reached more than 360,000 young people and are pivotal programs that support youth leadership development.

USAID Youth Videos

Ako’s Radio: A Young African Leader Amplifies Voices of Peace: Côte d’Ivoire’s October 2015 presidential election was the first since the disastrous 2010 election, which left 3,000 dead and hundreds of thousands displaced. Ako Essan Emile is the managing director of Radio Arc-en-ciel based in a volatile Abidjan neighborhood greatly affected by the 2010 violence. In the lead up to the 2015 presidential elections, Radio Arc-en-ciel received a USAID grant to promote peaceful messages. This is Ako’s story.

Jerusalem’s Peace Players: Liraz is a 16-year-old, sharp shooting basketball player from Israel. Jinan, who is Palestinian, is her teammate and one of her closest friends. Normally these girls wouldn’t be playing on the same team, or even talking to one another. But thanks to the USAID program PeacePlayers, they are learning a different perspective on the conflict going on around them and what it means to be “the other side.” USAID supports two dozen programs that bring together Israelis and Palestinians to promote peace.

Skate Brothers: A near-fatal shooting at the age of 16 changed the course of the life of Honduran youth Jessel Edgardo Recinos. Now 24, Jessel is running a youth club called Skate Brothers to steer those younger than him away from gangs and violence.


Youth, Conflict & Peacebuilding Resources

Access YCP resources and tools from the Peace Exchange Resource Library.


Member Spotlights

Check out our monthly Member Spotlight interviews!



Youth, Conflict & Peacebuilding Discussion

Join the discussion in our Community Conversations forum. You can respond to posts or create your own.


Webinar Wednesday Series



Social Media Kit

Help us spread the word on this very important campaign!


Featured Organizations/Initiatives

Learn about other organizations’ YCP programs and tools.