Enhancing Youth Engagement

In most cases, when there is a vacuum that disconnects youth from their government and community leaders, the vacuum is often filled with undesirable actions which leads to loss of peace and harmony in a given society. This situation was also observed by CYD in its baseline study in 2015 when evaluating the mushrooming of organized street gangs in Zanzibar. The speedy growth was heading to cause chaos and societal unrest in the Isles. As a way of eradicating the organized street gangs in Zanzibar, CYD intervened with this project that aimed at Enhancing Youth Engagement with official government leaders as well as connecting them with various socioeconomic opportunities.

On one hand, the project sought to keep the youth, especially those at risk of radicalization, closer to the local governments and helping them to understand the government institutions and mechanisms, while on the other hand, it was intended to create accessible means for the government officials to easily reach these groups, and initiate dialogues on how to be good citizens. CYD was at the heart of the process where it linked the two sides---street gangs and government institutions through organized regular interactive dialogue, trainings and moral as well as economic support the youth. The project was targeted in the breeding areas of these groups in Zanzibar, namely Mwanakwerekwe, Shauri Moyo and Bububu.


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Interfaith Programming (2017)

In pursuit of common objectives in Countering Violent Extremism, Center for Youth Dialogue (CYD) and The International...

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Reshaping Narratives in Zanzibar (RENAZA 2017)

Young people everywhere in the world are currently exposed to various kinds of narratives that pull them into engaging in...

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Imams Exchange Program (2017)

Violent extremism is growing across the world. More and more people are affected by the actions of violent extremists, with States...

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SEPI Program (2017)

For Muslim communities like Zanzibar, Imams are regarded as noble people whose word can....

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Leadership Program

Through the U.S. Department of State (DOS) CYD was sponsored to participate in a Sub Regional Project...

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Michael Johnson Program

Michael Johnson Young Leaders is a program that provides the underprivileged young people from around...

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What We Do

We strive to tackle both change in policy and effective implementation of programs that directly affect youth affairs.

We support youth centered projects and policies that empowers youth’s socioeconomic skills.

On the policy level we engage with policy makers and bring-in a youth voice to the policy discussion forums. We do these efforts through our three approaches

  • We work directly with our target groups.
  • We collaborate with competent partners.
  • We support other partners to directly implement our projects.