Country-Focused Research | Case Study: Schools of Youth Leadership for Social Transformation in the Department (Region) of Nariño, Colombia
By UNDP Colombia and Fundación Visiones
This case study takes place within the framework of UNDP's Youth Global Programme for Sustainable Development and Peace (Youth-GPS 2016-2020), the UN Volunteers (UNV) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Volunteers for Peace Project, as a contribution to the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security mandated by UN Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015). These efforts aim to highlight Colombian youth’s contributions towards building sustainable peace and their broader role in the peace process in Colombia. It is of particular relevance given Colombia’s history and the current stage of the implementation of a Peace Agreement between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People's Army (FARC-EP) and the Government of Colombia.
This case study provides an in-depth analysis of the Schools of Youth Leadership in Nariño between 2009 and 2017. The aim was to identify how these Schools have promoted and supported youth empowerment and provided valuable inputs to reducing vulnerability – against the backdrop of violence and conflict that has affected the country over the past few decades –, and ultimately drawing valuable lessons that will help to design tools for the implementation of Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security. It is the result of joint efforts among several sectors and organisations, such as the Nariño Governorate, the municipalities, the United Nations Development Programme, the Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation, and the United Nations Population Fund.
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