Over the past month, news on Syria has been dominated by the growing refugee crisis. An estimated 3,000 migrants, many of whom are Syrian, are arriving by boat and land to Europe each day. Over 4 million Syrians are registered with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Many more are unregistered or have recently decided to flee the civil war due to the growing, unabating violence and sheer frustration at the loss of opportunity that has resulted from over four years of economic devastation.
In a recent report, the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy (ACPD), praised IREX for its work implementing the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Highlighting IREX as a learning organization, the report shows IREX’s dedication to the evaluation and improvement of its programming stemming from the review of processes, measurement of progress, and lessons learned. ACPD underscored the impact and significance of the program in strengthening institutions and empowering civil society by investing in Africa’s youth.
According to a recent assessment, youth who participate in activities at Youth Development Resource Centers (YDRCs) are far more prepared than their peers to enter a productive, engaged adulthood, especially those involved in youth-led community service initiatives. With funding from USAID West Bank/Gaza, IREX implements the Partnerships with Youth (PWY) Program to support and expand sustainable hubs for youth innovation and learning. These YDRCs offer otherwise unavailable programs and services for youth to prepare them for successful adulthood.