Filling the Evidence Gap:
How Youth Contribute to Peace & Security
June 20 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am EDT


Join the Washington Network on Children & Armed Conflict on Tuesday, January 20, from 9:30 am to 11:00 am Eastern Time (EST) for an online discussion of findings from a global survey of youth-led organizations working in peace and security. Designed to fill gaps in knowledge and evidence on young people’s contributions to peace processes and conflict resolution, the survey asked youth organizations a series of questions on their operations and impact.

Peacebuilding expert Rashmi Thapa will share her analysis of hundreds of survey responses from youth organizations on their work, achievements, and the challenges they continue to face. A report of the analysis, scheduled to be released in late June 2017, also lays out recommendations for practitioners, donors, and policymakers.

The survey was developed as a contribution to the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security mandated by Security Council Resolution 2250, and co-led by the United Nations Population Fund and the Peacebuilding Support Office. Resolution 2250 is the first of its kind to recognize the role that youth play in maintaining and promoting international peace and security.

Sölvi Karlsson, leading coordinator of the United Network of Young Peacebuilders – a leading global network of youth peace organizations, will close the session by looking forward. In light of the survey’s findings, he will identify remaining gaps in evidence and knowledge and speak to the future of research, policy, and practice at the intersection of youth, peace, and security.

Note: The online discussion will take place from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM Washington D.C. time (click here for your local time) on GoToWebinar. Register at the link below.


Rashmi Thapa is an independent youth and peacebuilding consultant and one of the founding members of the European Youth Partnership along with Search for Common Ground (SFCG), World Vision, Save the Children, United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY) and PATRIR. Rashmi has over twelve years of experience working on youth, peace, and security; conflict resolution; disarmament and peacebuilding. She has a track record of designing, managing, monitoring and evaluating children and youth related peacebuilding and mediation projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, South and South-East Asia, and Colombia. She has also led disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration projects for the return and reintegration of children and youth associated in armed conflict. A Nepalese-Belgian, Rashmi holds a research MA in Development Studies with specialisation on Children and Youth in Conflict, Peace and Security from the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam.


Sölvi Karlsson is a leading coordinator at the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY Peacebuilders), the global network of youth peace organisations, where he leads a network of 80 youth organisations in 50 countries working to create a world where young people have the opportunity and skills to contribute to peace. In his position as leading coordinator at UNOY Peacebuilders, Sölvi played a key role in the lead-up to the historic UN Security Council resolution 2250, the first UN Security Council resolution on youth, peace and security and currently co-chairs the Inter-Agency Working Group on Youth and Peacebuilding. Sölvi is a passionate advocate for the role of young women and young men in creating positive social change and has been active in the youth movement since his time as a student in his native Iceland. He has an MSc degree in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London.


The Washington Network on Children and Armed Conflict (WNCAC) is an informal network initiated in July 2004 by Search for Common Ground and the Displaced Children and Orphans Fund of USAID with the broad aim of improving the protection of children affected by armed conflict. Topics addressed include such issues and areas of practice as child protection, education, psychosocial interventions in emergencies, child soldiers, separated children, humanitarian relief, post-conflict development, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding.

The United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY Peacebuilders) is a global network of youth peace organisations with 80 member organisations in 50 countries. As a network, UNOY Peacebuilders works to strengthen youth participation in peacebuilding by supporting the development of its members organisational capacity as well as individual young people’s capacity as peacebuilders. The network provides opportunities for sharing and learning between youth peacebuilding organisations, and ensures youth participation in international conversations around peace and security.