Banner photo: Iraq 2015, War Child UK


Children and youth represent the future of Iraq, Syria and the region.


Yet, it is children that have borne the brunt of the current crises.

The psychological toll of growing up amidst conflict and violence undoubtedly has both short and long-term repercussions on the psychosocial well-being of Iraqi and Syrian children and youth.

Photo: Sebastian Meyer/Mercy Corps

Photo: Sebastian Meyer/Mercy Corps

Launched in 2013, No Lost Generation is a strategic framework for the responses to the Syria and Iraq crises, embedded within existing planning, coordination and reporting structures.

The initiative brings together key partners to achieve agreed outcomes essential for the education, protection, wellbeing and future of children and young people affected by these conflicts. These outcomes fall under three pillars: Education, Child Protection and Adolescents & Youth.

No Lost Generation is led jointly by UNICEF, Mercy Corps, Save the Children and World Vision, and steered by a regional level working group comprised of 30 humanitarian organisations (UN and NGO). At country level in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt and Iraq a wide range of actors including national governments and civil society contribute to No Lost Generation programming.

Pillar III of the initiative aims to ensure that adolescents and youth are supported to contribute to resilience and social cohesion in their communities, with partners working towards the following outcomes:


  • Adolescents and youth inspire and lead change in their communities

  • Increased mechanisms for networking and mentorship

  • Adolescents and youth are engaged in evidence generation,  programming, and advocacy

  • Expanded livelihoods opportunities for youth

Photo: Corinna Robbins/Mercy Corps

Photo: Corinna Robbins/Mercy Corps


How the future of Syria, Iraq and the sub-region will look depends on how well all stakeholders adopt a shared vision to best address the needs of an entire generation of marginalised and vulnerable children, adolescents, youth and communities. Moving forward, the NLG initiative will continue to function as a strategic framework covering the next 3 to 5 years.

This event supports the child protection and adolescents & youth engagement components of the NLG initiative.




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