About K4P

Launched in February 2019, the K4P project has three interrelated areas of focus: 

  • Develop an early warning system for child soldier recruitment and use;
  • Incorporate child-centered indicators within broader early warning systems of conflict prevention;
  • Use the knowledge gained to improve prevention mechanisms to better protect children in conflict environments.

The K4P symposium will aim to fill a critical knowledge gap in academic and policy-based discourse to better understand the scope of the issue of child soldiery. Moreover, discussions will be used to strengthen knowledge-sharing practices and to better inform the Dallaire Institute, its partners and relevant actors to develop more effective strategies and programming to actively prevent the recruitment and use of children as soldiers around the globe.

The symposium will bring together a global collective of academics and practitioners to foster dialogue around themes critical to the Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace and Security’s (Dallaire Institute) K4P Project, including women, peace and security, early warning and its connections to preventing the recruitment of children as soldiers, and how all of these matters collectively contribute to a grander children, peace and security agenda. In particular, the symposium will seek to develop a broader understanding of the early warning indicators that underlie the recruitment and use of children as soldiers to strengthen global child protection and recruitment prevention measures.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Children, Peace & Security: Understanding Children’s Roles within the Global Peace and Security Agenda

  • Dr. Myriam Denov: Full Professor, Centre for Research on Children and Families, McGill University & Canada Research Chair in Youth, Gender and Armed Conflict (Tier 1)
  • Dr. Benyam Dawit Mezmur: African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC), African Union
  • Cornelius Williams: Associate Director and global Chief of Child Protection, UNICEF
  • Aubrey Marie Seader: Theatre Artist & Arts for Peace-building Scholar

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Women, Peace & Security: Reflecting on the 20th Anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325

  • Jacqueline O’Neill: Canada’s first Ambassador for Women, Peace and Security
  • Alice Urusaro Karekezi: Research Fellow, Centre for Conflict Management, University of Rwanda
  • Noelia Martinez Franchi: Director of Multilateral Affairs, Uruguayan Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Bazilika Joan: EVE Organization for Women Development – South Sudan

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Dynamics of Recruitment Prevention

  • Michel Chikwanine: Author & Human Rights Activist
  • Dr. Shelly Whitman: Executive Director, Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace and Security
  • Serge Stroobants: Director for Europe and MENA, Institute for Economics and Peace
  • Abdikarim Hassan: Protection Program Manager, Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre – Somalia

Friday, October 2, 2020

From Early Warning to Early Action: Rethinking Global Child Protection and Recruitment Prevention

  • Dr. Walters Samah: Head of Mission Analysis Cell, African Union Mission in Somalia, Department of Peace and Security, African Union Commission
  • Lt. Col Lausanne Nsengimana Ingabire: Policy & Doctrine Team, United Nations Department of Peace Operations
  • Dr Siobhan O’Neil: Project Director of the Managing Exits from Armed Conflict project, Centre for Policy Research
  • Achaleke Christian Leke: National Coordinator, Local Youth Corner Cameroon