There was silence in the room. No one seemed to want to speak up. I asked again: “what are the most important challenges that you face every day?” Suba, a young woman in her early 20s living in Tripoli, one of the regions with the highest poverty levels and concentration of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, finally raised her hand and said: “We are unemployed and have no access to basic services. We are sympathetic to the Syrian refugee cause. However, they are taking our jobs.
Jordan is hosting one of the largest populations of Syrians in the region – more than 650,000 people, of which 28% are between the ages of 11 and 25. This refugee population faces severe challenges. A staggering 93% of refugees living outside the camps are under the Jordanian poverty line. Most are living in host communities absent strong family and social networks. Syrians also face tensions with Jordanians in host communities that are competing for scarce resources ranging from access to water, jobs and education.
The Mali Out of School Youth Project (PAJE-Nieta) served remote areas like Timbuktu, providing entrepreneurship training and civic engagement to youth amid government instability. More than 88% of participants started micro businesses, most of which are still running today. Join us for a panel discussion about unique challenges and successes during the life of these projects.
Mercy Corps, International Rescue Committee, Plan International
This presentation focused on how engaging young women in conflict and post-conflict environments, as well as unpredictable economies, requires tailored and nuanced interventions. Each panelist shared transferable guidance on how young women can find safe and steady economic opportunities in these economies.
Citizen Diplomacy Network, Center for Citizen Diplomacy
Jun 23, 2014 (03:00pm to 04:00pm)
Exchanging Understanding: How Citizen Exchange and Economic Opportunity Are Shaping the Future of Eastern Europe
The perspective of Ukraine's youth has been significantly shaped by citizen exchange programs, such as those made possible by Fulbright, Muskie, and the Soros Foundation, which have offered a glimpse of the brighter future of a democratic European state.
American Egyptian Youth Network, GW Columbian College of Arts & Sciences
Apr 25, 2014 (12:00pm to 01:30pm)
The American Egyptian Youth Network and The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences will host a discussion with Dr. El Mostafa Higazy, Strategic Advisor to the President of Egypt, moderated by Dean Vinson from Columbian College. With a front row seat to the changing landscape in contemporary Egypt - and more than 25 years of experience in strategic political planning, crisis management, philosophy, and institutional development - Dr.