Youth identity in UN and World Bank policies

Here is the latest article from one of my pieces of research over the last year. It examines how youth are often portrayed as trouble makers or victims. In conflict situations it gets a bit more complicated, with many development agencies preferring images of children dying in order to secure more donations, or at the opposite extreme, child soldiers waving AK 47s in the air.

In this article, I examine how the UN has preferred to construct youth as victims and more akin to children rather than adults. The World Bank on the other hand prefer to construct youth similar to adults and a source of human capital.

This article only examines those two constructions of youth identity- as trouble makers and as victims. My broader research looked also at youth as peacebuilders, so if you are interested in knowing more about that, let me know.

To read the article, click here: Youth identity in conflict policies


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