Engaging Adolescents across Borders in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan for Sustainable Peace and Development


In areas of high tension and conflict on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border, UNICEF and its partners have been implementing programmes to strengthen mechanisms for cross-border dialogue, deliberation and collaborative problem-solving by and with adolescents. This includes targeted attention to promoting social cohesion and inter-ethnic tolerance among adolescent girls and boys, to lower immediate and future risks of conflict and violence among communities. This case study shows how UNICEF strategically invests in adolescent participation and engagement in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan — acknowledging their role as rights-holders — to foster peace and social cohesion among those living on the border.  

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