Academic Resources (1 Matches)
Source: Christi Freeman, Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame This article documents the causes of conflict in Sierra Leone and discusses the risks of managing conflict in the post-war era. Among the risks cited are weak governance and high levels of corruption, as well as the existence of an able youth class with high levels of unemployment. The author concludes with some prescriptions for the future.
Legal Documents (1 Matches)
Source: General Conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO)This international convention was adopted on June 28, 1930 and entered into force May 1, 1932, in accordance with article 28. Sierra Leone ratified on June 13, 1961.
Source: United Nations News ServiceThis document describes a mission to Sierra Leone by the Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission's Sierra Leone country-specific meetings, Ambassador Frank Majoor, from October 9-16, 2007. The week-long visit included discussions with government and other officials, United Nations representatives and civil society. Priority areas for discussion included reform in governance, justice and security sectors, youth employment, civil service and capacity building, and how the Peacebuilding Commission will assist with key reforms in these areas.
Source: James Butty, Voice of America (VOA) NewsThis article describes the continuing problem of youth unemployment in Africa. Youth employment programs, according to the author, are underfunded. The article states that youth employment strategies need to be made in consultation with youth and businesses to be effective.
Source: SociolingoThis article states that youth unemployment in Sierra Leone is approximately 65 percent, is a source of instability, and undermines the possibilities for progress in the country. It also describes the Youth Employment Scheme that employs young people in road clean-up operations, launched by the Youth and Sports Ministry.
Official Statements (1 Matches)
Source: Thomas N. Hull, U.S. Ambassador to Sierra LeoneThis is a speech given during a "Youth for Sierra Leone" Improvement Event recognizing the challenges and potential for youth participation in society, with the recommendation that government and youth take initiative to create opportunities, and that political parties should explain what they will do to serve youth in their upcoming campaigns.
This non-governmental organization strives for a new world transformed by an end to poverty and campaigns to change the rules that keep people poor. In Sierra Leone, Christian Aid works in the areas of peacebuilding, HIV/AIDS and management of natural resources. They work with youth through local youth centers.
This aid agency is a member of the Caritas International Federation, a worldwide network of Catholic relief and development organizations. In Sierra Leone, CAFOD supports three partner organizations with 158,000 GBP: Caritas Makeni, Network Movement for Justice and Development (NMJD) and Youth Development Movement (YDM). Caritas Makeni uses football to help rehabilitate former child soldiers and provides vocational training for former child soldiers. YDM tackles poverty and unemployment through skills training and supporting enterprise.
This non-governmental organizations was founded in 1943 and "seeks to help those most in need, providing assistance on the basis of need, without regard to race, creed, or nationality." Primary activities in Sierra Leone include: small business loans, grants, education, and marketing assistance to farmers. Programs have community reintegration and youth components.
Policy Analysis and Practitioner Documents (View All 32 Matches)
Source: Dabesaki Mac-Ikemenjima, International NGO Journal This article highlights the risks that youth face in situations of armed conflict and post-conflict. In order to avoid being recruited into fighting forces, becoming targets for sexual violence, missing out on educational opportunities, and other dire effects of involvement in conflict, an integrated approach to youth development which incorporates investments in education and skill training, youth employment, and health services is crucial. The article explores these strategies for mitigating risk to youth in detail.
Source: Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and ChildrenThis report, resulting from a week-long visit in February 2008 to Freetown, Kenema and Kono districts as part of the Women’s Commission’s Displaced, Out-of-School Youth Initiative, assesses young people’s needs, identifies what services appear to be working, gaps in programming for young people and what more is needed. Specific recommendations include: living wages for teachers, catch up classes to enable students to rejoin the formal school system, income generation for families who promote school attendance, and skills training linked to market demand.
Source: United Nations Development Program (UNDP)This link provides information on key statistics related to human development such as water, sanitation and nutritional status, inequalities in maternal and child health, education, technology, trade, flows of aid, private capital and debt, unemployment, energy, gender, crime, refugees, labor and human rights and more.
UN Official Documents (3 Matches)
Source: UN Secretary-GeneralThis report provides an update on the progress made by UNIOSIL in implementing its mandate since the last report, dated 4 December 2007 (S/2007/704). It presents further information on the completion strategy of UNIOSIL and sets out proposals on the mandate, structure and strength of the post-UNIOSIL office, recommending the establishment of a UN integrated peacebuilding office, known as UNIPSIL.
Source: United Nations Security CouncilThis document provides an overview of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) one-year report, with comments from various Commission members. Overall, members believed that the PBC had made achievements in setting up the structure of the Commission and important contributions had been made to peacebuilding efforts in Sierra Leone and Burundi.
Source: United Nations General AssemblyThis resolution emphasizes the need for governments around the world to focus on youth employment. It supports previous United Nations initiatives such as those outlined in the Lisbon Declaration on Youth Policies and Programs and the Youth Employment Network initiative.