Bridging the Gap between Conflict and Peace

  Burundians are one of the communities with which RET has worked for since inception. The economic, social and ethnic conflicts, which the country has experienced since the 1970s, have displaced hundreds of thousands of people and rendered a whole generation of young people vulnerable. It was in 2002, already 13 years ago, that RETContinue reading “Bridging the Gap between Conflict and Peace”

What Unites Us

  Latin America and the Caribbean is profoundly defined by contrasts and inequalities. The majority of the region’s countries have been going through a period of economic growth since the 1990s, but they are nevertheless experiencing great difficulties in achieving the social improvements, which should accompany economic performance.   The violence generated by gangs andContinue reading “What Unites Us”

Editorial April 2015 Global Newsletter – Zeynep Gündüz

  RET International has a strong central message that we repeat whenever we have the opportunity: Young people matter and should not be abandoned by the international community during crises, especially as fragile environments tend to make them more vulnerable. Through “education”, no matter formal or non-formal, they can be protected and become positive actorsContinue reading “Editorial April 2015 Global Newsletter – Zeynep Gündüz”

Different Needs, Same Willingness to Learn

  In its 15 years of existence, RET International has time and again observed that emergencies and conflicts affect young women differently than young men. The fragile environments within the Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya are no exception.   Thanks to the generous support of the U.S. State Department, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration,Continue reading “Different Needs, Same Willingness to Learn”

Stories of Survivors

  Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) is one of the dark realities that have been exacerbated by the Syrian Crisis. Young women are increasingly affected by its multiple forms, ranging from negative coping mechanisms (such as prostitution or early marriages) to domestic violence and rape.   RET’s programme in Lebanon therefore has a strong SGVBContinue reading “Stories of Survivors”

Young Refugee Women in Business

  Through RET International’s refugee integration project, made possible by the U.S. State Department´s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, six young refugee women in Sucumbíos, Ecuador, have created the “Network of Food Services”, an associative productive project. The abilities of each of these women make possible the management of a small restaurant, a cateringContinue reading “Young Refugee Women in Business”

Getting Things Right

  After 4 years of conflict, the world is well aware of the tragedy of the Syrian conflict. Governments, humanitarian organisations and the International Community are bracing for a prolonged intervention. Most observers agree this crisis will not end before several years. The wounds will take even longer to heal.   Southeastern Turkey is oneContinue reading “Getting Things Right”

Livelihoods: Another Great Reason for Better Education

  Livelihoods are all the assets that allow a person to cover their basic needs, including food, education and protection. In conflict or post-conflict situations livelihoods are usually profoundly affected. Recovering them is therefore necessary to allow youth to rebuild their social and economic environments. Ultimately, this plays a core role in protecting vulnerable youngContinue reading “Livelihoods: Another Great Reason for Better Education”

Umoja Ni Nguvu

  Since 2012, RET’s team in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been working with adolescents who have been victims wars and their atrocities to help them regain the will to live. This success is possible thanks to a series of educational activities taking place in Uvira and Fizi, in the province ofContinue reading “Umoja Ni Nguvu”

Editorial – RET Global Newsletter – October 2014

  Dear Reader, welcome to the October 2014 edition of International’s Global Newsletter. Undoubtedly, the need and volume of humanitarian activity has been unprecedented during the last six months around the world. So much so, that with each day that passes, with conflicts growing, in magnitude and frequency, the premise of our previous edition mayContinue reading “Editorial – RET Global Newsletter – October 2014”

Turning Obstacles into Opportunities

  In eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo where RET International is running its Demobilisation, Disarmament and Reintegration (DDR) programme with adolescents released from armed groups, lasting and sustainable changes are taking place.   RET International has often affirmed and repeated: “In a DDR programme, Demobilization and Disarmament is not enough. Reintegration, which requires theContinue reading “Turning Obstacles into Opportunities”

A RET Youth Ambassador Speaks for Vulnerable Young Women

  As you might recall, the previous edition of this newsletter discussed the need to prepare a place for youth in the post-2015 agenda. It had followed in the footsteps of an International Roundtable focusing on this theme. We stressed the urgency and importance of ensuring that youth voices be heard and they be inContinue reading “A RET Youth Ambassador Speaks for Vulnerable Young Women”

The Fears and Challenges of Reunification

  The collapse of the Somali state in 1991 and subsequent decades of conflict accompanied the disintegration of the country’s infrastructure, amongst which included key education services. This affected both those who fled and those who stayed. In our previous edition of this newsletter we described the hesitations and hopes many refugees in Kenya hadContinue reading “The Fears and Challenges of Reunification”

From Vulnerability to Sustainability

  Forced migration is one of Latin America & the Caribbean’s deepest wounds. This displacement is the result of challenging conditions, violence and high vulnerability levels. Adolescents and youth are in general amongst the most affected, becoming refugees, internally displaced or finding themselves in fragile contexts.   Causes and consequences are connected in a viciousContinue reading “From Vulnerability to Sustainability”