Wilson Sauto, 38, a home based counsellor in Kamunhukamwe village, Nyanga.
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  • putting new knowledge into the hands of those who can use it best to address global challenges.

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Explore more than 1,000 research projects we’ve supported over the past decade.

This project focuses on socio-economic activities being implemented by youth in Zimbabwe in response to the social and economic challenges in their environment, political exclusion, and violence.



This project’s objective is to examine opportunities for youth involvement and active engagement in preventing violent extremism in two member states of the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD):

Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia


This project will investigate how a community security mechanism known as Nyumba Kumi (which comprises ten households per cell) used in Kenya and Tanzania might foster safer spaces for youth and women to participate in efforts to counter violent extremism and gender violence.

Kenya, Tanzania


Building Africa’s resilience to climate change will require designing and implementing effective climate adaptation strategies.

North Of Sahara, South Of Sahara, Kenya


This study, led by Indian Member of Parliament Dr Udit Raj, will provide a better understanding of the constraints Dalits face in developing enterprises.



Among the most challenging issues Tunisia is facing are massive youth unemployment; marginalization/exclusion from public participation by youth; distrust in political processes; and youth engagement in radicalization and the rehabilitation and reintegration of returnee Jihadists.



Mali and Niger face a rapid rise in violent extremism, in which young people are the main actors.

South Of Sahara, Mali, Niger, South Africa


Dakar, the capital of Senegal, contains more than 54% of the nation's population, 40% of whom are under 20 years of age.



Despite the growing interest in public affairs in Africa, young people (who represent more than 60% of the population) are often excluded from the management of public affairs and especially from economic opportunities.

Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic Of The Congo, Belgium, Republic Of Congo


In Africa, there is an increasing call for real engagement with stakeholders around governance-related policy issues.

South Africa