The Outcast Majority: War, Development, and Youth in Africa

Dec 3, 2015 |
the outcast majority 

Date: Thursday, 3 December 2015
Time: 10:00AM - 12:00PM EST
Location: Search for Common Ground
1601 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
4th Floor Conference Room 

Meeting Overview

While African youth are demographically dominant, most see themselves as members of an outcast minority. Their outlier perspective directly informs the fresh and compelling new thinking about war, development, and youth in the new book from Marc Sommers, The Outcast Majority. Featuring interviews with development experts and young people, this book contrasts forces that shape and propel youth lives in war and post-war Africa with those that influence and constrain the international development aid enterprise. With an eye on the colossal populations of excluded and profoundly undervalued youth in conflict-affected Africa and far beyond, the concluding framework delivers practical steps for making development work significantly more relevant and effective. Join us for a meeting of the Washington Network on Children in Armed Conflict (WNCAC) as we hear from the author of this book, Marc Sommers. An interactive discussion will follow the presentation.

Speaker: Marc Sommers

Marc Sommers is an internationally recognized youth expert with research experience in over twenty war-affected countries. He has provided analysis and technical advice to policy institutes, donor and United Nations agencies, and NGOs. He also is the author of seven previous books, including Stuck: Rwandan Youth and the Struggle for Adulthood (Georgia), which received an Honorable Mention for the African Studies Association’s Bethwell A. Ogot Book Prize, Islands of Education: Schooling, Civil War, and the Southern Sudanese (1983–2004), and Fear in Bongoland: Burundi Refugees in Urban Tanzania, which received the Margaret Mead Award.