Erasmus+ RESOLVE:WEST is a reconciliation youth exchange & network programme which aims to use the power of Conflict Resolution tools i.e. Simulation Games, Sport, Practical reconciliation i.e. Mediation, People-to-people dialogue & wider reconciliation tools & learning to resolve local & community-level conflicts which especially affects young people today.

RESOLVE: West is a successor project to RESOLVE: East (2018-2019) which aims to widen the RESOLVE model delivery by engaging with 2 new partners in 2 new countries, while also engaging with a range of new future Peacebuilders through the youth exchange activities and via the network throughout and beyond the project’s lifetime.

RESOLVE: WEST utilises the RESOLVE methods to promote youth reconciliation and it is aimed to be part of the RESOLVE brand to ensure sustainability.

RESOLVE: WEST is a small European-wide partnership involving 4 partners and 4 youth exchange activities in:

  • London, UK;
  • Baku, Azerbaijan;
  • Sarajevo, BiH;
  • Marrakesh, Morocco.

This youth exchange programme aims to develop young peoples’ skill-sets, sustain a youth-led Network (which was launched in 2018) and support young people to deliver their own local conflict resolution activities through the use of Youth-lead workshops, Sport for Development tools, Simulation games, informal learning, citizenship & democracy and wider tools.

Throughout the activity, participants will not only participate on a unique transnational learning activity, but will also develop leadership and team-working skills, social action and citizenship outlooks and a wide range of competences, essential for their communities, their country and Europe. With an emphasis on participants learning how to use Simulation games, Sport for Peace and Sport for Development tools to RESOLVE:WEST conflicts, participants will be enabled to be social leaders and mediators within their societies using the power of Sport to change their communities.

Partners will also mobilise wider Reconciliation tools, such as Simulation Games: Simulation Game is an elaborate tool for training, mocking a real-life situation and projecting the potential outcomes of an action. It involves games, role-plays, case studies and socio-drama circumstances to simulate representations of reality situations. In most cases, Simulation Games are used to develop the capabilities of the players/participants to take decisions by providing a model of reality allowing the players to create a dynamic that captures their interest through competition, incentives for success and a scoring component. Long-term Asfar partner, Wings of Hope will mobilise the Effective Communication for Reconciliation and Simulation games element.

The RESOLVE: West programme will benefit 85 young people (excluding team leaders who are 30 and under) throughout the programme’s lifetime. This does not include former RESOLVE: East participants and wider partners’ volunteers who will also connect to the programme through the RESOLVE: Network.

Participants will be aged 18 to 30 from UK, Morocco, Azerbaijan and Bosnia-i-Herzegovina and will directly have been effected by conflict and have experienced social intolerance within their communities. Furthermore, they will also be effected by socio-economic and wider disadvantages i.e. unemployed, underemployed, health/disability issues etc.