The first ever Regional Leadership and Peace Building Academy in Uganda
Launching #LPBA17
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Youth Aid Africa (YAA), Global Network of Peace Builders (GNOP) and Never Again Rwanda (NAR) will this year host the first ever Regional Leadership and Peace Building Academy in Uganda. The Academy is meant to draw participants from all the East African Countries including Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi and South Sudan.

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Participate in the online engagement on our social media platforms and stand a chance to be admitted into this fully funded training opportunity.
Note: Participants from outside Uganda and those from Uganda will be accommodated and given a certificate at the end of the Academy. There are also possibilities of funding for good projects that come out of this Academy given the chance to be part of the rich Academy Alumni, an opportunity you shouldn’t miss.
Henceforth, we take the pleasure to Launch our Harsh tag for the LPBA 2017.
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  1. About the Academy:

Globally, there are some 600 million young women and men living in fragile states, including conflicts, without access to quality education, civic engagement or dignified employment. And according to the Director General of UNESCO, “This is a human rights crisis, a development disaster, and a security imperative, and we must redouble all efforts to strengthen the participation of young people in building peace.”

Whereas Africa is getting safer in a long-term perspective, the amount of conflicts and resultant deaths has been steadily decreasing for decades. But for many, daily life is still dominated by human insecurity in various forms. Africa and the Middle East are the two regions of the world with the highest conflict burden. Since the mid-1990s, Africa has gradually improved across all measurements of death and war. These positive changes are due to several factors, including greater regional cooperation, decreased intrastate wars, economic growth, and increased democratic governance. The types of conflicts have also changed from wars of independence; long term civil wars, and intrastate wars, conflicts are now due to weak governance structures and state presences which are exacerbated by geo-cultural, religious   and ethnic differences as well as to transnational crime and global governance failures. Most episodes of violence in Africa in the last few years are associated with conflicts over political power at the highest level. Violence appears to be one of the tools in the battles to access power or to keep it. As reported by the Institute of Security Studies, 25% of elections were accompanied by violence. After deadly post-electoral violence in Kenya in 2007, Côte d’Ivoire also experienced a civil war in early 2011 that officially claimed 3000 victims. Economic, political, and cultural integration through African Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and the African Union (AU) have been playing an important role in bringing peace and security to the continent.

East Africa has a stable, well-organized society and a well-developed market economy, but economic globalization, membership in the African Union, migration and a changing family structure and rapid technological changes, among other conditions, are pressuring the region to change. These conditions need a foundation to ensure sustainability. East Africa’s 109 million children and youth accounted for 80 per cent of the total population in 2010. This group will be much larger by 2030, although its share will decline to a still significant 75 per cent of the region’s total population. Specifically, young people comprise of 75% in Uganda, 64% in Rwanda, 60% in Tanzania, Kenya 80% and 65% in Burundi. By far, the young people constitute majority of the population in the East African Community. Research indicates that the East African Community (EAC) has been facing new challenges towards peace, security and good governance in recent years. Terrorist attacks, religious tensions, piracy along the coast, disputes and battles over scarce natural resources, human and drug trafficking as well as an increase in organized crime have been troubling the region.  In Kenya, 800-1500 people lost their lives and 180,000 – 600,000 were displaced in the 2007 Post-election crisis between December 27th, 2007 and 28th February, 2008. In Uganda, Northern Uganda was the centre of a brutal, two-decade insurgency by a cult-like rebel group that saw 2 million people uprooted from their homes and tens of thousands kidnapped, mutilated or killed. The long conflict threatened to destabilize not only Uganda, but also the volatile central African region with Kony’s rebels seeking shelter in neighboring countries and violence spilling across borders. The memories of violence and unrest in Uganda have been refreshed by the geo-cultural conflicts in the Ruwenzori region from 26–27 November 2016 which left close to 100 people dead, 139 arrested and very many homeless. In Rwanda, over the course of 100 days from April 6 to July 16 1994, an estimated 800,000 to 1 million Tutsis and some moderate Hutus were slaughtered in the Rwandan genocide. A recent report has estimated the number to be close to 2 million and Rwanda has fairly battled the aftermath of the said Genocide. In Burundi, the UN reported 474 deaths since 2015 to date, ACLED raises the number to 1400 and 5000 have been detained.

Decentralization has increased local autonomy in Kenya, home grown solutions has advanced a reasonable level of good governance in Rwanda and a fairly consistent military control  in Uganda and Tanzania  is a good benchmark for the east African region. The peace, security and overarching governance challenges that cut across the East African region as described above, and the threats of global terrorism can only be addressed by a regional network of Peace Ambassadors with a clear understanding and passion for leadership. Youth Aid Africa and Global Network of Peace Builders in partnership with Never Again Rwanda are therefore initiating a Regional Leadership and Peace Building Academy to train and facilitate the emergence of a third force, a regional network of leaders who are peace builders, capable of championing peace and social change.

 

2. Justification for the Academy:

On 9th December, 2015, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2250 on youth, peace and security, which for the first time in its history focuses entirely on the role of young men and women in peace building and countering violent extremism. This resolution represents an unprecedented acknowledgment of the urgent need to engage young peace builders in promoting peace and countering extremism. The resolution also positions youth and youth-led organizations as important partners in the global efforts to counter violent extremism and promote lasting peace.

The role of civil society, at the forefront of promoting peace building initiatives, reconciliation processes or adherence to peace agreements, has grown globally. Knowledge transfer, exchange of experiences and perceptions, awareness creation in civil society as well as in the public security sector has in the past proved to stimulate debates and enrich policy making within the East African Community (EAC) on regional peace and security matters. Participation in peace building and governance processes involves much more than just voting like Irina Bokova (Director-General of UNESCO) asserted “I applaud the vision that has guided Jordan in focusing the UN Security Council on the essential role of young people in peace building. This is vital for inclusive and sustainable development everywhere.”

Citizen participation (particularly youth) has just shifted from political electioneering to socio-cultural and economic- a holistic approach that is inclusive in nature to sustain peace, stability and development. It is thus nonnegotiable that young people should take center stage in championing social transformation. We are proposing this Academy to train and raise a network of peace builders with transformational leaderdership touch to set the agenda for peace building and good governance in East Africa.

3. Goal and Objectives

The major goal of the Academy is to raise a network of transformational leaders who are peace builders and establish a Regional Peace Centers in East Africa.

Specifically, the objectives of the Academy are;

  • To train youth from across East Africa in peace building and leadership.
  • To provide a platform where relevant policymakers at international, national and regional levels make investments in long-term, non-violent approaches to preventing conflict and building peace.
  • To actively engage Network Alumni in peace building actions and activities.
  1. Call for Applications

A Call for Applications will be sent out through the Print, Broadcast and Social Media outlining the requirements for one to qualify for this prestigious Leadership and Peace building Academy. This is meant to enable the selection team to reach out to the wider East African Community member states to solicit interest from our target group.

 

  1. Format of the Academy

The Academy will include an online engagement which will officially start weeks prior to the actual Academy. The purpose is to involve a wider populace to share a common fact base about the meaningful participation of the young people in the debate leading up to the Leadership and Peace Building Academy.

The idea will be to get both local and international participants to contribute their knowledge and experience to a general discussion of the various sub-themes, and for the outsiders to share what they know about other contexts where the same status quo exists as it is in East Africa.

An online banner will be designed to popularize the event

  1. Broad Themes to be addressed in the Academy
  • Civic Awareness and Entrepreneurship
  • Critical Thinking and the theory of change
  • Confidence building and advocacy
  • Political Campaigns and Electioneering
  • Socio-economic Justice
  • Governance & Development (Best Practices)
  • Economic Inclusion
  • Transitional Justice
  • Peace Building and development
  • Social Media and Mobilization
  1. The selection Process

As one would expect from a programme that seeks to raise the cream of East Africa’s future leaders, who are deemed to bring about massive social change throughout the region & continent, the selection process shall be rigorous and thorough.

Only once a call for applications has been sent out, candidates shall be required to submit an application to the LPBA. The LPBA team shall emphasize integrity, strong values and responsibility, courage and a demonstrated ability to lead and inspire. A candidate must demonstrate a commitment to East Africa and to serving the greater community.