The International Youth for Africa [IYA] leads Youth Empowerment, Community Development and Humanitarian Efforts to save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen voice of the youth at community level and help empower vulnerable people in other communities. Because of the high levels of poverty among youth and communities in South Sudan and in other countries in Africa amidst the plenty, IYA was founded and is committed to advocating for the equal access to resources on equitable basis by the youth and other disadvantaged members of the Communities in South Sudan and other countries in Africa.
Therefore, IYA advocates for the Government, local governments, NGOs and other people of good will to help in ensuring that development is based on Human Rights Based Approach that puts human rights at the Centre of development to achieve youth and community empowerment, which is the basis of sustainable development in South Sudan and in Africa as a whole.
IYA was also established purposely to help train youth in an effective way that aids peace and reconciliation, conflict management, justice, peace building, democracy, rule of law, respect of human rights and human security that will in long run contribute towards political, social and economic stability in South Sudan.
Youth empowerment can be defined as the process whereby young people gain the ability and authority to make informed decisions and implement change in their own lives and the lives of other people. It is a means of encouraging youths to do great things for themselves and also to make great impact in their society. We give our youth the tools to collaborate and problem solve, brainstorm and reflect. We empower them to believe that their voice matters without judging or criticizing their ideas we believe in their ideas and potential as change agents. At IYA we encourage the youth to wherever they are in the range of potential social good actions. The youth need to know that take charge of their lives, we support and guide their ideas. We encourage them to participate in youth empowerment programs and activities which include youth rights, youth councils, youth activism, and youth involvement in community decision-making. We offered mentorship training for the young people and connect them with hope, jobs, and a brighter future in their communities.
Peace and Reconciliation in the region:
The continued civil war between the SPLM -IG and SPLM-IO has exacerbated the conflict in the recent born state country. This has become a target to a given ethnic groups in the region more or less the government forces targeting the tribe of the rebel leader Riek Marchar known to be the Nuer. So this has resuscitated the historical tensions between the two tribes of Dinka and Nuer as even evidenced in settlement camps where the two tribes are separated from each other to avoid war eruption within the camps. In the state of Jonglei are many ethnic groups namely; Dinka, Nuer, Murle and Anyuak. The Murle tribe has been at the helm of attacking other tribes mainly for children and cattle. This has left conflict among the tribes within the country mainly the Jonglei state. International Youth for Africa has tried to promote peace and reconciliation among the tribes of South Sudan though training workshops where different ethnic group leaders are invited to attend who later become peace ambassadors in their communities. This is still limited by the resources. The conflict will end through, training general public on peace and conflict management in South Sudan. There is need for youth to have open forum where they talk openly about problems facing them in their communities. Civic education is needed in the country where you involve the Police, Youth, Community, Women leaders in order to tell them the importance of peace in the community. All communities must be involved in decision making whether at the national or state level in order for South Sudan to have a permanent peace. Create some generating incoming activities in order for youth to get them busy. I believe if all youth are busy in South Sudan, no one will think about war between communities (tribes).Through research, training and field support, IYA analyses conflict dynamics and invests in peacebuilding and reconciliation to build stability and public security in the region.IYA seeks to strengthen moderate voices and rebuild ties between divided communities. I.e. Through peacebuilding, carrying out reconciliation programs and activities which bring together individuals of different ethnic, religious or political backgrounds from areas of civil conflict and war. These programs provide opportunities for adversaries to address issues, reconcile differences, promote greater understanding and mutual trust and work on common goals with regard to potential, ongoing, or recent conflict. We also work to strengthen local mechanisms for conflict mitigation and reconciliation, including training community leaders in conflict prevention and resolution. Conflict not only takes human lives, destroys communities and erodes development gains, but also leaves a legacy of fear, hostility, and trauma. Without effective, inclusive peace and reconciliation processes, countries are likely to revert back to violence.
Advocacy and Research:
IYA advocates and educates on important reform issues and policies that affect the region.
IYA is committed to the goal of increasing access to quality, affordable service coverage as a means to improve individual and community social outcomes, promote equity, and alleviate barriers to employment. Such extraordinary negative social pressures have a destabilizing effect on poor communities and place millions of people at risk for essential hardships and economic insecurity. IYA conducts strategic research and advocacy to build public will for investments in affordable social and economic opportunity for everybody in these communities. In order to bridge the widening opportunity gap and help more people find quality jobs, we must first understand the complex forces shaping our urban and rural workforce. IYA is a trusted source of information and analysis on poverty and employment trends in the region. We put this insight to work by proposing actionable policy solutions that improve economic opportunities for poor and marginalized population.
IYA also deals Legal Advocacy, promoting equity and justice, IYA advocate for education and employment as ways out of poverty and the criminal justice system. IYA research helps define the problem of disconnected youth who are not in school and not working. Now, our advocacy and policy analysis are helping to galvanize public support for programs and policies that help a big population of disconnected young people reconnect to education and work.
Refugee and host Communities:
The central reception area of the Imvepi refugee settlement, in northern Uganda, is packed to the brim. Thousands of people are crammed into a patch of land meant to hold just a fraction of the current load. They’ve been waiting for days, stuck in an administrative backlog the government of Uganda attributes to lack of funding and an unceasing stream of people from South Sudan. Famine, economic collapse and years of fighting have forced people out of South Sudan faster than from any other nation on the planet. The stream of arrivals, who averaged 2,800 each day in March, has begun to take a toll on the country’s southern neighbour Uganda, host to roughly half of the 1.6 million people forced to flee their homes. But without relief in sight, the cracks are beginning to show. A single settlement, called Bidi Bidi, hosts at least 270,000 refugees – more than any other place in the world. It was closed to new arrivals in December to prevent overcrowding. Since then, new settlements have opened roughly every two months. Initially, the UN expected roughly 300,000 South Sudanese refugees to come to Uganda in 2017. Just three months into the year, the estimate has risen to 400,000. IYA aims to disseminate existing knowledge and evidence on development solutions to forced displacement by convening its networks and partners, develop consensus around policy adjustments with regard to both host communities and refugees, and advocate for the need to rally the MENA diaspora more proactively through Supporting local governments’ efforts in addressing the welfare of host and refugee communities, Supporting local authorities with evidence-based knowledge and peer-learning to improve their capacity in priority public service delivery to their populations and the most vulnerable, including refugees, Supporting refugee inclusion for common welfare in host countries, Addressing refugees’ potential to proactively contribute to host communities and their own welfare, which is essential to preserving them from a poverty trap, while developing their skills to prepare their return to their country of origin.Also through Fostering diaspora economic engagement through the mobilization of potential contributions such as remittances, skills transfer, investment, business opportunities and market identification and strengthening networking among diaspora.
Capacity building is the process by which individual and organizations obtain, improve, and retain the skills and knowledge needed to do their jobs competently. Planned development of (or increase in) knowledge, output rate, management, skills, and other capabilities of an organization through acquisition, incentives, technology, and/or training
Read more: http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/capacity-building.html .IYA engages in Community capacity building strengthening the skills, competencies and abilities of people and communities in developing societies so they can overcome the causes of their exclusion and suffering. IYA conducts Fundraisings, training, exposure visit, office and documentation support, on the job training, learning and consultants. IYA supports the establishment of a more “interactive public administration that learns equally from its actions and from feedback it receives from the population at large.
Human Rights Documentation
In December 2013 South Sudan, experienced human rights violations from 1955-2017.
The human rights situation remains grave in South Sudan. In Greater Equatoria, the UN Human Rights Office has received credible reports of serious human rights violations and abuses committed by SPLA and SPLM/A-IO in and around Yei, including killings, sexual violence, abductions and destruction of civilian property. As a result, thousands of civilians have fled Yei and surrounding towns. They have sought refuge in other regions and in neighbouring countries. In early January 2017, fighting in and around Yambio in Western Equatoria resulted in a further displacement of at least 7,000 civilians, mostly women and children. “In total, a staggering 1.38 million South Sudanese have fled to other countries and another 1.8 million are displaced in their own country. In the absence of any semblance of justice and accountability for the violations perpetrated – including possible war crimes – such unbridled outbursts of violence could quickly escalate civilians will continue to suffer immensely. Concrete steps to halt this downward spiral must be urgently taken, beginning with justice and accountability. ”IYA aims to help activists recognize human rights abuses that are systematically conducted and condoned by state and non-state actors and silently suffered by people who in these communities. IYA has the guidebooks and documents that focus on providing activists with the tools necessary to develop a human rights advocacy plan, particularly by documenting policies, guidelines, abuses against human rights and also sensitizes the public on human rights policies and directories.
IYA advocates communities worldwide to support the all HIV/AIDS initiatives. IYA aims to address the dangerous information gap that exists in the communities and also carries out educative programs on HIV/AIDS and how to live health and avoid contracting the virus. IYA also educates and sensitizes the already infected persons on how to live positively and to associate with other communities that are living negatively. IYA calls on all community groups and other stakeholders to support all the persons living positively and to help those living negatively to stay safe especially the youth. The HIV/AIDS infection rate in South Sudan has dropped from 3.1 percent in 2010 to 2.7 percent last year, United Nations data show, but success in fighting the disease could be undone by low levels of testing and treatment, officials said on World AIDS Day. “We have 16,000 new infections yearly so we have to really do something,” UNAIDS Country Coordinator Medhin Tsehaiu said, noting that South Sudan is surrounded by countries with much higher HIV/AIDS infection rates than it has: prevalence in Uganda is 7.2 percent and in Kenya, 6.1 percent, according to U.N. figures.
Dr. Medhin said that of the estimated 150,000 HIV/AIDS patients in the country, only six percent are on anti-retroviral therapy. Meanwhile, 13,000 people have died of AIDS-related illnesses in the past year, she said. Ahead of World AIDS Day, which has been marked every December 1 since 1988, South Sudan introduced free HIV counselling and testing centers in major towns around the country. Novelo said the centers are aimed at making people more comfortable accessing HIV/AIDS-related services, and getting tested.
We have really to break that cycle. HIV is a problem but it is the responsibility of each of us to make sure that we know our status