n Conflict Trends - Foreword

Volume 2003, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Incontestably, the best asset and investment a nation could have is its youth. The state of a nation's youth determines the future well-being of that nation. Poorly brought up, unloved, neglected, uneducated and sidelined children and young people will not be able to contribute meaningfully towards the development of their nation. Consequently, such a nation could experience poor economic and social development, leading to popular frustration, tension, and civil strife and eventually to conflict. Conversely, children and youth who experience love, care, education and the recognition that they are an important part of the family and society, are more likely to contribute more meaningfully towards the stability and peace of their nation - and these are important ingredients for economic and social growth. Economic development and social growth are the main factors which will assist the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) in achieving one of its main objectives, namely that of poverty alleviation on the continent.

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