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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

Shop Expansion Helps One Man’s Family

Posted by IRD HQ

Supporting a large family is never an easy task, but for one man living in Afghanistan’s Wardak province, it became even more difficult when his brother was killed during an attack on international military forces. A traditional practice in Afghanistan, Naib became responsible for his brother’s family after his brother died, which meant financially supporting... more

Filed Under: Civil Society, Community Transitions, Relief to Development, Asia & Pacific, Afghanistan

Dairy Farmer Plans for Expansion

Posted by Natasa Ruka

In February 2014, a vehicle-borne improvised explosion in Kabul left nine civilians injured and extensive damage to a number of personal property items in the surrounding area. Among the damages was Wazir Khan’s vehicle, which was completely destroyed. Fortunately, Wazir escaped unscathed, but his vehicle was a valuable asset, and losing it would undermine his... more

Filed Under: Civil Society, Community Transitions, Relief to Development, Asia & Pacific, Afghanistan

Counseling Helps War Victims Cope

Posted by Natasa Ruka

Few can imagine the pain of losing a loved one after being caught in a violent battle between insurgents and international military forces. Unfortunately for so many Afghan families, this is the harsh reality of life in a country that’s in its third decade of war. Too often innocent civilians are caught in these attacks, losing personal property, sustaining in... more

Filed Under: Civil Society, Community Transitions, Relief to Development, Asia & Pacific, Afghanistan