FOCUS ON: Lebanon
Prevention of Radicalization and Violent Extremism
The influx of Syrian refugees in Lebanon added pressure to an already fragile socio-economic situation marred with political instability, inter-community tensions, and coupled in some areas with sectarian divisions. This has had a profound impact on social cohesion and inter-community relations. Feelings of insecurity on both sides are causing increased mobility restrictions on refugees and segregation between communities.
The project implemented by RET to prevent radicalization and violent extremism was accessible to all youth from 12 to 25 years old, from both displaced and host communities.
RET focused specifically on the most vulnerable and marginalized youth, who were experiencing privation, violence, exclusion, or other forms of adversity. The project provided interventions across the Humanitarian – Development – Peace nexus focusing on:
Responding to protection risks and improving coping mechanisms in fragile settings through Support Groups: Safe-platforms/self-help Support Sessions, Psychosocial Support (PSS) & Referral to mental health/psychosocial support services.
Strengthening the capacities of youth as agents of peace through Youth Community Leadership Trainings, Mixed Social, Cultural, Arts and Sports Community Peace Events, Youth Networks for Exchange and further Community Support Projects to ensure continued intercommunity and intergenerational dialogue.
3. Sustainable Development intervention:
Increasing youths’ life prospects and employability profiles through Self-Reliance Training to enhance (a) Technical Skills and (b) Literacy (computer, language, finance) skills.
The overall goal of the project was to enable youth from the refugee and host communities to stay away from harmful practices leading to radicalization and violent extremism, and instead to become agents of positive social change in their communities with a focus on intra- and inter-community tensions and conflict mitigation.
The projects were funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, S03 Division and implemented by RET in Lebanon.
FOCUS ON: Burundi
Reducing the Potential for Conflict in Two Regions of Burundi by Harnessing the Energies of Youth to Act for Peace and Social Cohesion
The goal of this project was to mitigate the potential for conflict in two regions of Burundi in the Province of Kirundo and the Province of Muyinga by building youth’s self-reliance and enhancing their employability profiles using a sustainable intervention for community stabilization as an alternative to violence and conflict, as well as providing vocational trainings complemented with literacy classes to vulnerable youth. The project offered quality and varied components to increase community interaction, and build bridges across traditional divides such as age, gender, political affiliation and ethnicity, to mitigate conflict through community-led peace building activities designed and implemented by the youth. The project aimed to create a positive and lasting impact on attitude/action to resolve the cycles of poverty and violence.
The project was funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, S03 Division and implemented by RET in Burundi.
FOCUS ON: Chad
Working for Peaceful Communities in and around the Refugee Camps in Southern Chad
Adolescents and youth of the host population in Chad have limited educational and employment opportunities and the majority of young people living in the camps are in a situation of social breakdown, with no learning or leisure activities. Most pf the youth that RET works with have lost their reference points to a ‘normal’ life, thereby alienating them further and increasing the potential for conflict.
Through effective youth engagement, RET in Chad has implemented a project aimed at empowering young people to become actors of positive social change through active participation in peace programs and youth-led community-based projects, such as the inauguration of peace clubs, theatre for conflict resolution, discussion groups and community events, along with creating an informal RET youth network to design and implement quick impact initiatives promoting peace in their communities.
In addition, and to pave the way to peace, the project provided literacy and numeracy classes along with life skills trainings. This method of youth and adolescent empowerment, reduced their risks of succumbing to extremism, militarization and other harmful practices.
The project offered further capacity-building for engaged youth, and extended into new locations in the districts of Maro (the refugee camp of Belom and the villages of Maro and Karboro) and Gore (the refugee camps of Amboko, Dosseye, Doholo, Gondji and the villages of Doholo, Timberi, Beuret).
The projects were funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, S03 Division and implemented by RET in Chad.