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A Lost Generation: Young People and Conflict in Africa

conference papers on these themes.

Sandra J. Ayoo is currently working with ACORD as the Conflict Thematic Manager in charge of ACORD’s Conflict Program covering Angola, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, Sudan and Guinea Conakry. Sandra holds a Masters Degree in Rural Development (Planning) from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom and attended a number of summer peacebuilding certificate courses with School of International Service, American University – Washington, DC, Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), Harrisonburg, Virginia, and the Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT), School for International Training, World Learning, Brattleboro, Vermont USA. Prior to working with ACORD Sandra worked as Conflict Advisor for USAID in Uganda for five years and Oxfam GB in Uganda for several years. In between studies and assignments Sandra worked as a freelance consultant in peacebuilding and was the main author of a report published by Saferworld, UK on “Prevention of Violent Conflict and Coherence of EU Policies towards the Horn of Africa: A Case Study of the 1992-95 Post-Conflict Demobilization and Reintegration Program in Uganda”.

Asha Khalil Abdalla Elkarib (Ph.D.) is a Sudanese activist in women rights, gender equality and peace. Researcher and Trainer in gender and gender related issues. Co founder of the Gender Center for Research and Training in Sudan, and currently working for ACORD as a Programme development advisor and North Sudan Programme Manager. Member of several Sudanese and African NGOs and networks. Have several published research papers, and articles. Participated in regional and International conferences and seminars around peace building, gender equality and women rights. Graduated in the faculty of agriculture, University of Khartoum; Ph.D. in Development economics, University college of Wales, UK. Married with three children.

Janah Ncube is a gender and women’s rights expert and policy strategist. She is a founding member of several NGO initiatives in Zimbabwe and has held leading positions in the Zimbabwean civil society. Janah was the Executive Director of Women in Politics Support Unit (WiPSU) in Zimbabwe before she went to do her Masters in Gender and Women’s Studies in the United Kingdom. In 2005/06 she served and worked in the SADC region as the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat’s Gender Advisor before moving to her current position as Gender Thematic Manager for ACORD. She is a renowned speaker and writer on gender, politics and African issues.

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