Youth and Employment in Post-Conflict Countries: The Psycho-Social Dimension
Youth in at-conflict countries have often been involved both as victims and perpetrators of violence, responding to war and its effects in different ways. Not all individuals directly affected by conflict will develop long-term stress-related symptoms. However, those who do may be greatly and possibly even permanently affected, which limits the ability to find and keep a job. In turn, productive employment may contribute to the recovery of affected individuals and reduce the likelihood of their being drawn into future violence, thereby contributing to stability and peace building. Post-conflict development policy must address not only the reconstruction of physical capital, but also the reconstruction of psychological and social (psychosocial) capacities of those who have lived through violent conflict.