Various youth organisations across the Somali Region are currently taking part in a youth led dialogue initiative with the diplomatic community in Addis Ababa facilitated by Conciliation Resources.
Conciliation Resources (CR) is a global peace building organisation committed to conflict transformation and creating sustainable peace in collaboration with local communities and partners. Conciliation Resources has embarked on a cross-programme project that aims to deepen the organisation’s commitment to inclusive peace building. Their activities in relation to Ethiopia focus on facilitating the engagement of young people in peace processes. As part of this engagement, a youth delegation from the Somali Region were hosted at the Swedish Embassy Which was also attended by the French, British, American, Finnish, Austrian, German, Norwegian, Australian, New Zealand, Portuguese and Belgian embassies. The youth delivered a number of presentations looking at the recent developments in the Somali region, and the role of youth in overcoming some of the challenges that still remain.
They will also be meeting with various policy makers and institutions in order to liaise with these stakeholders and covey their visions and solutions for current challenges in the Somali Region. The Youth group is comprised of a diverse cohort of youth from the Somali Region, including some from the diaspora, some of whom have previously fled the region due to forced displacement. The youth belong to several different youth groups, educational groups and civil society organisations such as Hayaan Group, Jigjiga University, Ogaden Youth and Student Union (OYSU) and Dulmidiid bringing with them a diverse set of viewpoints and personal commitments as well as unique insights and expertise. Collectively, the youth are united in working towards meaningful conflict transformation by dedicating their efforts to key challenges which arise from post-conflict contexts. Their priorities include reconciling divisions, dealing with the past, promoting education and contributing positively to the ongoing efforts in promoting peace and security in the region.