Most of the young people in Lusaka’s exposed areas – so to say slums (Compounds) do not share in the country’s political agenda, let alone being able to participate meaningfully in the country’s electoral processes. This has over the years created frustration and contempt for the relevance of electoral processes among the young, causing many to either retire from such processes or engage in a destructive manner. With the economic difficulties facing the country, this frustration is escalated and it is feared that it could lead to violence during elections, especially of young people in slum areas whose economic conditions are most pressured. This project is an attempt to alleviate such catastrophic events. We want to contribute to a peaceful 2016 tripartite election through a broad invitation of young people to peacefully participate in the elections and for politicians to recognize and bring youth issues on the political agenda.

Overall objective:

To facilitate an empowered and peaceful youth population in Zambia that constructively participates in the country’s governance and development processes at large.

Specific Objectives:

  1. To promote peaceful and non-violent youth participation in Zambia’s 2016 general elections through training peer educators in dialogue for peace processes, and repeated youth targeted public messages calling for peaceful participation in the elections
  2. To facilitate that youth issues get into the policy agenda in Zambia by lobbying for acceptance and uptake of the National Youth Manifesto by all possible 2016 general election candidates

Project Outputs:

  • Thirty (30) Youth Peer Educators trained in Dialogue for Peace and methods
  • Five (5) Election Caravans (open air talks calling for peaceful participation in the elections) in the selected 5 slums
  • 6 Radio non-violence campaign talk shows
  • 3 Television non-violence campaign talk shows
  • Peaceful election discussion engagement of social media
  • Develop various peaceful election publications/information materials to support the project
  • Five (5) Bridging Dialogues between youths in the five selected compounds and contending youth politicians
  • Youth Manifesto popularization through popular social media
  • One thousand (1000) copies of the Mini Youth Manifesto printed and distributed
  • Thirty (30) Youth Peer mobilizers trained in policy lobbying and advocacy skills regarding youth issues onto the policy agenda
  • Quarterly policy lobby oriented meetings with successful youth members of parliament


Young Women’s Christian Association Council of Zambia, Zambia: http://ywcazambia.org/

Funding instituion:

Civil Sumfund i udvikling (CISU), Denmark: http://www.cisu.dk/

Project duration: 01/07/2016 – 30/06/2017


andrew@crossingorders.dk, cb@crossingborders.dk, +4526918439, www.crossingborders.dk

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