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Young Leaders Promote Political Tolerance in Northern Burkina Faso

Posted by Natasa Ruka

Aribinda is a small town located in the remote Sahel region of Burkina Faso, almost 200 miles from the country’s capital. In recent times, the town has experienced intense political tensions, linked to disputes within the traditional chiefdom. This has created such potent divisions that even traditionally strong family ties are being affected as people refuse... more

Filed Under: Civil Society, Community Transitions, Education, Youth, Africa, Burkina Faso

Burkinabe Youth promote Religious Tolerance

Posted by Natasa Ruka

IRD’s Peace through Development project (PDevII) supports youth mobilization and engagement in local peace and development. In Burkina Faso, PDevII strengthens youth capacity to play leadership roles within their communities, enabling them to launch initiatives to reinforce social cohesion and enhance community resilience to violence. Djibo, in the northeas... more

Filed Under: Civil Society, Community Transitions, Civ/Mil, Education, Jobs, Value Chains, Youth, Africa, Burkina Faso

Sustaining Swazi Rural Water Supply Services

Posted by Noelle Wright

IRD Swaziland Country Director Yemane Abraham signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Swaziland and private sector partners June 4 that will help make sure that recently upgraded water hand pumps will be maintained through a robust public-private partnership. Because of the high number of nonfunctional water hand pumps in rural Swaziland,... more

Filed Under: Water, Africa, Swaziland

Farmer Exchanges Identify Drivers of Behavior Change and Community-led Adaptation

Posted by Natasa Ruka

As IRD Mali refines the climate-adapted livelihoods component of the BRACED program (Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters), the voices of agro-pastoralists are critical. Equally important is an understanding of the key drivers of behavior change. BRACED must promote proven, context-specific interventions. At the same time, activ... more

Filed Under: Food & Agriculture, Capacity Building, Education, Natural Resource Management, Africa, Mali

Masters of Peacebuilding Radio

Posted by Natasa Ruka

PDev II celebrated United Nations World Press Freedom Day by recognizing excellence in local radio programs in Niger. The award ceremony concluded the Gwani daga Karkara competition that had pitted PDev II radio partners against each other for the title of Community Radio Master. Entrants submitted examples of high-quality programming they had produced to prom... more

Filed Under: Civil Society, Community Transitions, Education, Jobs, Value Chains, Youth, Africa, Niger