WIDER Seminar Series – Youth, conflict, and peacebuilding
UNU-WIDER invites all local and visiting researchers, policy makers, and others working on or interested in development topics to attend its weekly seminar in Helsinki.
The WIDER Seminar Series showcases recent and ongoing work on key topics in development economics.
On 11 April Patricia Justino, Research Fellow at Institute of Development Studies, will present her work on the nexus between youth, conflict, and peacebuilding. See the full schedule for the first part of the spring 2018 session here.
Abstract – Youth, conflict, and peacebuilding
The OECD predicts that fragile and conflict-affected countries will include 60% of the world’s poor by 2030 — with a large percentage concentrated among children, adolescents and young adults. However, the effects of violent conflict on adolescents and young adults remains under-explored in the empirical literature. To the best of our knowledge, this is one of the very first studies to generate quantitative evidence at the micro-level on the effects of violent conflict on young men and women, and the peace and citizenship roles played by young people in violent contexts. The case studies are Afghanistan, Colombia, Mexico, and Nepal. First, the study shows that violent conflict causes immense destruction, but this is not necessarily only associated with negative development and human capital outcomes among young adults. Second, the study found largely no (or weak) statistically significant association in the four case studies between the presence of young people in specific contexts and the likelihood of that area experiencing violent conflict in the future. Third, with the exception of Nepal for which data is not available, the empirical analysis shows that young people are more likely to be engaged in their community and have a more positive outlook on life and future perspectives in conflict-affected areas.
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Key words: youth, conflict, peacebuilding, development economics