Child Soldiers Initiative

The involvement of children in fighting forces continues to be widespread, undercutting security and blocking development in many fragile states. Failure to prevent children from being recruited - and effectively reintegrate those who have been - results in their continued vulnerability, undermines peace agreements, and disrupts social and economic recovery following conflict. Indeed, stopping child recruitment is often a critical step in breaking the cycle of violence.

A number of militaries, human rights organizations, humanitarian groups, and peace and security actors have been grappling with the issue for some time, acting mainly in isolation. This project initiated by Senator Romeo Dallaire, Search for Common Ground and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will encourage interaction between these parties with a view to finding creative solutions to the problem of child soldiering. The project will include field testing promising techniques in an existing child soldier recruitment situation.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

End Date

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


27 months

IDRC Officer

Karuru, Njeri

Total funding

CA$ 100,000


North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, United States


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Helen Seignior


Search for Common Ground

Institution Country

United States

Institution Website

Project Leader

Senator Roméo Dallaire

Project Leader

Ms. Julie Stevens


Canadian UNICEF Committee

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Institution Website