Dr Marc Sommers discussed the priorities and perspectives of Africa’s young people, and explained how governments and international agencies address the challenges they present. He gave examples from the work of the United States’ Department of State and its Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations. The presentation concluded with ideas that promise to make development work more effective for, and relevant to, young people.
Dr Marc Sommers is a Senior Conflict Advisor for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations at the US Department of State. He is a youth and conflict expert and the author of The Outcast Majority: War, Development, and Youth in Africa.
This event was chaired by Anastasia Voronkova, Research Fellow for Armed Conflict and Armed Conflict Database. It took place in the Council Room, Arundel House, 13–15 Arundel Street, Temple Place, London WC2R 3DX*.