Final Evaluation: Engaging Youth and Community Leaders to Prevent Mass Atrocities in the Central African Republic (2016 – 2017)
Search for Common Ground
The project aims to prevent high-risk atrocities between Muslims and Christians in targeted neighborhoods of Bangui. The main conflict issues addressed in this project are: political conflicts, conflicts related to the access to economic resources and conflicts linked to social discrimination. Land-disputes, access to services, domestic conflicts and conflicts related to power dynamics were also identified as having a role to play in the conflict scene. Search for Common Ground (Search) employs a variety of approaches to tackle the identified conflicts and their underlying causes, including providing positive and inspirational messages on violence prevention; promoting trust and collaboration amongst fighting communities; humanizing the “other” as perceived in the eyes of the youth; providing channels for youth to voice their concerns and be involved in decision-making discouraging their resort to violence; providing livelihoods training for youth offering alternative solutions to violence.
Political conflicts are inherently linked to and shaped along ethno-religious lines. Such type of conflict is more common in places where there is a dominant ethnic group. More to this, lack of access to economic resources makes youth prone to political manipulation and, as a result, they are more likely to take up violent means to address grievances.