This book investigates the ways in which young people engage with and contribute to civil society, community development, and local peacebuilding in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Youth engagement and contribution to civil society and local peacebuilding can play a crucial role in development; however, there is often a lack of effective engagement, policies, and opportunities for young people in policy and practice. This book analyses their experiences of civic engagement and community participation and the challenges they face, across diverse areas including youth empowerment, freedom of expression, mobilization, ideologies, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding. Drawing on cases from Yemen, Syria, Iran, Morocco and the Palestinian Territories, this book offers new insights on how youth not only are shaped by, but also react to policies, conflict, constraints, and challenges.

The insights drawn from this interdisciplinary collection will be of interest to researchers of civil society, youth, peacebuilding, and development, as well as to policymakers, donors, and NGO staff.

chapter 4|11 pages

Youth virtual activism in Morocco

The case fact-checkers

chapter 6|12 pages

Young people, “child soldiers,” in the post-conflict phase

Peacebuilding challenges

chapter 7|12 pages

Young women’s involvement in the Yemeni conflict

New roles in a changing environment

chapter 8|13 pages

Youth engagement

From uprising to fragile political transition in Yemen

chapter 9|12 pages

Youth in post-conflict reconstruction

The case of the Gaza Strip

chapter |8 pages


Young people’s future direction and engagement