- Main applicant: Dr. G. van der Haar (Wageningen University and Research Centre, the Netherlands)
- Co-applicants: B. Nolles-Wagenaar (CARE, the Netherlands), C. Corbijn (ZOA, the Netherlands), A. Gonzales (SPARK, the Netherlands), N. Blommesteijn (Oxfam Novib, the Netherlands); and E.M. ten Hoorn (Save the Children, the Netherlands)
Interventions in fragile settings concerning youth economic opportunities are based largely on assumptions that are untested at the local level. Practitioners acknowledge that a limited understanding of youth rationalities and local level conflict dynamics stand in the way of designing economic opportunities interventions that meaningfully contribute to (local level) stability. Taking youth economic exclusion rather than opportunity costs of violence as a starting point, this research aims to provide intervening organizations with the evidence base and the tools to design more effective interventions. The research aims to 1) generate insights on the dynamics of youth socio-economic exclusion and violence, and how project interventions connect to these in selected field sites, and 2) to translate these insights into a wider set of recommendations for organizations working in fragile settings in order to increase their impact on stability. Collaborative research in Burundi and South Sudan will provide evidence on the needs, ambitions and experiences of young men and women and how they may or may not opt for violence or political activism to stake their claims, to be fed into of consortium member's Theories of Change. Collaborative tool development unlocks the knowledge thus acquired for NGO programming.