Friday, 15 March 2013

Alcinda Honwana at TEDxEuston 2012 - "Africa in the hands of its youth"

She believes that the future of Africa lies in the hands of its youth. Alcinda Honwana has written extensively on how the future is hijacked when the elite manipulate the generation she refers to as the 'waithood generation' into fighting senseless wars. She has written on child soldiers. In her TEDxEuston 2012 talk, she challenges the conventional wisdom of having our youth remain in the state of 'waithood', a situation she defines in one of her books as 'a never ending time waiting for life to begin when they will have a job, can get married and have a family.'  The youth must begin to fight for their own socioeconomic and political right. It is up to them to fight for social change and up to us to encourage them. The future must begin now.

Watch her fascinating talk HERE!

Alcinda Honwana is currently a visiting professor in anthropology and international development at the Open University (OU) in the UK. Before joining the Open University, Honwana worked for the Social Science Research Council in New York where she directed the Children and Armed Conflict Program and the Africa Program. She also worked for the United Nations as research coordinator in the Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict. Honwana was the coordinator of the International Research Network on Children and Armed Conflict from 2001 to 2005. Born in Mozambique, Alcinda Honwana has written extensively on the links between political conflict and culture and the impacts of violent conflict on young people, conducting research in Mozambique, DRC, Angola, Colombia and Sri Lanka. In 2007 she was awarded the prestigious Prince Claus Chair for Development and Equity in Holland by the Institute of Social Studies and University of Utrecht.

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