Youth in Fragile Settings

More than 600 million young people live in fragile or conflict afflicted areas (UNFPA) and around 50 per cent of refugees are under the age of 18 (UNHCR).

Through this research, we want to build an evidence base that maps the contribution of young people (particularly young women) to processes that seek to, or do address, fragility. In order to design programmes that support youth engagement in either formal or informal processes, it is important to understand the particularities of these processes, how they have responded to the fragility context, and how they have worked for different groups of young people.

This study aims to improve youth-focused programming in fragile settings, which recognises their agency and voice. The objectives are twofold:

  1. To generate contextualised youth definitions of fragility using a youth peer-to-peer process; and generate youth definitions of ‘successful impact’ of formal and informal processes.
  2. To map the different ways in which young people have taken part in formal and informal processes in response to fragility, and with what effect, at local, national and global level.

Key contacts

Marjoke Oosterom

Power and Popular Politics Cluster Lead

Project details

start date
30 June 2016
end date
31 March 2017


In partnership with
Kachinland Research Centre
Supported by
Plan International

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