Youth, Peace and Security in Africa: The missing piece
Resolution 2250 (2015) was a milestone on the Youth, Peace and Security agenda. Much work however remains to be done in fully translating its provisions into practice. The recently published progress study on youth’s positive contributions to peace processes and conflict resolution offers important recommendations and tangible responses at local, national, regional and international levels. The members of our delegation have studied resolution 2250 and applied it to their respective research focus and country situations. In New York, they will hold talks with key experts working on the Youth, Peace and Security agenda in the UN community.
Precious C. Akanonu is a Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Economies of Africa (CSEA) and a G20 Youth Global Changer. Previously she worked as a Consultant at the Department for International Development (DFID)’s Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn as well as for many organizations within the Nigerian government, such as the Office of Chief Economic Adviser to the President (OCEAP). She is currently a member of the Association of African Young Economists (AAYE). Ms. Akanonu holds a MSc, with Distinction, in International Economics and Finance from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) in Scotland.
Sandra Tumwesigye is a Communications and Advocacy Coordinator for Isis-WICCE. She aims to amplify conflict-affected women’s voices and their peace and security needs using concrete facts and recommendations to influence national, regional and international policymaking processes and practice. Previously, she has worked for various international organizations and networks, such as the Human Rights Network (HURINET) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP). She has a Masters in Cooperation and Development from Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori in Italy.
Francis Maberi is currently a Liaison officer for the African Monitor and also an SDGs Youth Ambassador for the Network of African Youths for Development. He is responsible for coordinating the Voice Africa’s Future Programme in the region as well as advocacy around the implementation of the African Youth Decade Plan of Action (AYDPoA). Previously he worked as a youth coordinator for the Inter-Faith Action for Peace in Africa (IFAPA). He is committed to youth mobilization and youth engagement as well as HIV prevention. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Social Administration from the Islamic University in Uganda.
Jamal Babu Msami is currently working as a researcher for the Policy Research for Development, REPOA. He is responsible for research and coordinating the implementation of strategic research on Governance and Service Delivery. During his career he has conducted extensive independent and collaborative research on different governance. He is a member of the Governance and Finance Technical Taskforces under LGRP-II, a member of the Institute of Finance Management’s Research and Publications Committee and a member of the International Development Evaluation Association. He holds a PhD in Social Policy from Bristol University.
Paul Kanyenda is a District Civic Education Officer with the National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE). He is responsible for the implementation of programs and activities at a district level, including analysis of needs and actors, planning and budgeting, achievement of results/outcomes, monitoring and reporting. Previously he was an Associate Lecturer at Skyway University in Lilongwe, Malawi. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences obtained from Uganda Martyrs University in Uganda.