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Publication Date

1-1-2021

Abstract

The 50th Anniversary of the Organization of African Union marked a significant time for reflection on the progress made on the continent, as well as persisting challenges. Protracted civil conflicts, proliferation of small arms and light weapons amongst civilian populations and the spread of violent extremism were identified as significant impediments to the progress of the continent. The initiative 'Silence the Guns by 2020 recognises dialogue-centred conflict prevention and resolution, human centred development and peace as requisite to ensuring and realizing Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want. This paper identifies alternative dispute resolution methods and soft power approaches as key to conflict prevention and management. It also identifies African youth as the African solution to African problems. Using examples from South Sudan, Somalia, Uganda and Kenya, the paper highlights young people's leadership and peacebuilding efforts towards silencing the guns. The paper calls for recognition and engagement of this emerging leadership.

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