Where is Just Future active?
The Just Future Alliance is active in six of the world’s most fragile countries: Afghanistan, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Niger, and South Sudan.
These countries are characterized by widespread (though unevenly distributed) insecurity, poor access to justice, political decision-making arrangements reflecting exclusive political settlements, and (in the cases of Afghanistan, Mali, and South Sudan, in particular) deficient processes of peace-making or peace implementation, as well as entrenched poverty.
Civic space is under pressure in all 6 countries, which are among the world’s most closed and least free.
Women, young people and internally displaced persons are often left out of (political) decision-making processes, in addition to their increased vulnerability to injustice and insecurity.
In response to these circumstances, the Alliance implements the program together with local partners in each of the six countries.
Afghanistan has been mired in violent conflict for more than 40 years. The recent resurgence of the Taliban threatens the safety and security of its people, in particular those of women and young people. Afghan society is undermined by climate change, geopolitical meddling, and warlordism.
Burundi, situated in the Great Lakes region, has a weak justice system, cyclical violence, and little room for civil society to operate. Its internal conflict is primarily political and ethnic, and is characterized by a strongly authoritarian government.
Democratic Republic of Congo
Just Future works primarily on the ground in the eastern provinces of the DRC: Ituri and North and South Kivu. These regions play host to thousands of internally displaced peoples, and are affected by armed group activity.
Mali is subjected to many intersecting forces across its vast territory: climate change, fundamentalism, tribal unrest, migration, and crime. In the past years, it has experienced several coup d'états. The northern areas of Mali continue to be affected by insecurity.
Niger is one of the world's poorest countries. It has been affected by the changing climate and desertification, as well as streams of migrants passing through its borders towards Europe. Recently, the threat of extremism has undermined security in Niger.
South Sudan, the world's youngest country, recently gained independence from its northern neighbor after decades of violent strife. Despite a peace deal between warring factions in the country, peace and security across South Sudan remain tenuous.