#Africa112 aims at supporting social- economic initiatives aimed at wealth and job creation, targeting young woman and men with limited opportunities for economic empowerment including affordable innovations.
The conversation, powered by Core Foundation Africa will hold on 27 & 28th July 2017 at HICC, Harare (Zimbabwe) under the theme: “The Future of Africa, Her Youth and Women.
Preventing/countering violent extremism (PCVE) is an issue that has been addressed nationally, regionally and globally since the turn of the millennium. PCVE is generally pursued through coercive hard power such as military-dominated peace support operations and surveillance to name a few. Although these methods have proven effective to a certain extent, they come at a high cost both financially and in human lives, while still failing to completely eradicate violent extremism.
Objectives:The objective of the trans-continental dialogue programme on PCVE through the soft power of religion is to create a transcontinental platform that will bring together stakeholders from Africa and Europe to deliberate on these issues and produce contemporary recommendations and activities on how to prevent/counter violent extremism. The dialogue further aims to:
Strengthen inter- & intra-religious efforts and strategies in preventing/countering violent extremism and promoting conflict prevention, peace building, reconciliation and conflict transformation;
Facilitate inter-religious dialogue as a tool to influence policy and advocacy in Africa and Europe;
Establish a platform for partnership between African and European stakeholders, particularly faith-based and interfaith organizations to work together in addressing common issues such as promoting a culture of peace and building trust, peace and common values.
Promote values of tolerance, mutual respect and better understanding centered around intra- and inter-faith, inter-religious and inter-cultural values that are the core principles for integration and peace.
Achieve behavioural change of communities and individuals, redefining contemporary human values for tolerance and integration.
Reach out, educate and de-radicalize target groups (particular focus on youth) and train respective stakeholders.
This intercontinental forum will provide a platform to discuss different means of preventing/countering violent extremism by drawing on the soft power of religion and dialogue and, accordingly making policies at the local, national and regional levels that are relevant to both Africa and Europe. The forum will bring together a group of experts and practitioners on interfaith dialogue, countering violent extremism, and de-radicalization along with a representative group of youth from Africa and Europe. The forum will focus on the following objectives:
To develop strategic directions for the Interfaith Dialogue on Violent Extremism (IDOVE) project based on principles and methods of interfaith dialogue on countering violent extremism and de-radicalization.
To develop suitable concepts and applications for the IDOVE website that will be launched at the Forum.
To develop concepts and mechanisms to support small scale youth-run projects to be implemented in Africa and Europe within the project objectives.
To design plans for a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system to monitor the implementation of small scale projects, following up on them through annual meetings.
Participation: The forum is primarily geared towards empowering youth to conceptualize and develop projects using the two major approaches of the IDOVE project: Social Media and Small Scale Projects. Therefore, the following criteria will form the basis of the participant selection process:
Aged between 20-35
Citizen or resident of a European or an African country
Fluency in either English or French, in addition to fluency in another language
Proven interest in interfaith, de-radicalization and/or preventing/countering violent extremism, as evident from having:
Developed projects related to those topics
Participated in projects related to those topics
Conducted formal research on those topics
Participated in conferences, workshops and forums on those topics
Applications must be completed using the online application system and must be submitted by midnight of Sunday, 15 January 2017. Notifications of admission to the forum will be sent during the last week of January 2017. The organizers will cover all travel and accommodation costs associated with the forum.
We can’t argue that youth are the future. They have time in which to pursue their goals, and then they have to sur-render and hand things over to the next generation. So, youth cannot sit back and watch!
Youth have to make sure that their future is not jeopardized; they have to ensure that development is done in a sustainable manner, not only in terms of natural resources management. They should also get their fair share of capaci-ty building, education, and development that hones skills, levels and competence – so that when they come to lead, they have the ways and means to do so.
They also need to get inspiration and wisdom from their elders. They should not rebel against every non-youth category, to preserve the rights of their children; they should accept guidance from people that are older than them and then move forward with their own energy. Mixing energy and wisdom and experience makes youth prosperous and successful.
They have a responsibility to secure human rights, by engaging at all levels to ensure that all rights are rights and not favors. They should pursue dialogue in a constructive way, to avoid compromising their lives and futures. No matter what kind of governance system is in place, I think working through NGOs, working with government sectors, and with continuing with patience and abnegation, they will reach their goals.
Accepting individual responsibilities as a young person, such as good behavior, good manners, spending energy aggressively on studies, and developing needed competences, skills and capacities, is important to achieve social responsibility.
A word to the wise for African youth: Think of yourself today as a future president of your country. Think of how you benefit other people, not only yourself. Be less selfish and more generous.
Are you willing to WIN a seat for December 9 ceremony in The Hague?
Public voting for the 2014 Human Rights Tulip has begun. Voting ends on Friday 10 October. Anyone wishing to vote can go to this website and choose which of the 30 nominees they believe deserves the prize the most.
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