YouthPower Learning Youth in Peace and Security CoP Meeting
The Youth in Peace and Security Community of Practice (CoP) met on Thursday, January 25, 2018 in-person and online to network, prioritize the CoP’s focus for the year, and learn about Equal Access International’s White Dove radio project in Nigeria.
Thursday, January 25, 2018
9:15 AM – 11:00 AM (ET)
Making Cents International
1350 Connecticut Ave, Suite 410
Washington, DC 20036 USA
9:15 Networking and online introductions
9:30 Welcome (CoP Co-Champions, Maria Brindlmayer and Jen Heeg)
9:35 CoP Updates (CoP Co-Champions, Maria Brindlmayer and Jen Heeg)
9:40 Breakout sessions (including an online group). Questions for breakout groups to discuss:
- On what topics should the CoP focus this year?
- In what formats should the CoP interact/operate and with what frequency?
10:05 Reconvene in plenary. Each of the groups presents, followed by plenary discussion.
10:30 White Dove radio project in Nigeria: presentation by Equal Access International, followed by discussion (see details below)
11:00 Meeting Adjourned
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Equal Access is implementing the "White Dove" radio project in Nigeria, with funding from the US Embassy in Abuja. The project, formally called the Northern Nigeria Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Radio Hub and Peace Platform, includes three original weekly radio programs: the Way Forward/Ina Mafita (A youth-focused CVE talkshow), the Pursuit of Knowledge/Ilimi Abin Nema (a religious education-focused talkshow), and Aisha’s Tale/Labarin Aisha (a drama about the challenges faced by a young IDP girl named Aisha). These programs are broadcast by 22 partner FM radio stations in 19 Northern Nigerian states and reach around 15 million listeners each week. The project also engages community reporters, listening and discussion groups, IVR (Interactive Voice Response), social media engagement, and stakeholder workshops to assess changes in beliefs, attitudes, and perceptions among local communities and radio audiences.
Speaker bio: Kyle Dietrich
Kyle Dietrich is a senior peacebuilding and CVE practitioner, empowerment facilitator, and NGO manager. Kyle currently supports Equal Access’ innovative media for social change programming across Africa, focused on a broad range of peacebuilding and countering violent extremism (CVE) projects through radio, TV, inclusive community dialogues, research, and locally generated content to mobilize citizens, change attitudes, and humanize public discourse around what divides and unites us. A graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and Harvard Divinity School, Kyle has also worked with CIVIC (Center for Civilians in Conflict), Mercy Corps, UN Peacekeeping, Navanti, USAID, the Peace Corps, the Carter Center, and Peace in Focus, a boutique peacebuilding organization he co-founded in 2007. An anthropologist by training, Kyle is proficient in French, Portuguese, Turkmen, and Spanish and specializes in: creative program design, conflict analysis, countering violent extremism, civilian protection, civil-military relations, foreign assistance, youth engagement, strategy development, and facilitation.