Romeo Dallaire Child Soldier Initiative

There are more than 250,000 child soldiers forced into armed conflicts around the world. For decades, the global reaction to this disturbing phenomenon has been largely reactive, as the international community struggled to find solutions to this complex issue. The result: year after year, there has been no real reduction in the number of child soldiers. We believe the answer is prevention.

Founded by retired lieutenant-general and celebrated humanitarian Roméo Dallaire and housed at Dalhousie University, the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative is a global partnership committed to ending the use and recruitment of child soldiers. We believe this can only be accomplished through prevention – by conducting groundbreaking research, advocacy and security-sector training.

To achieve this, we work collaboratively with nation-states, organizations, communities, and the humanitarian, academic and security sectors to:

  1. Deliver comprehensive, prevention-oriented training to military, police, peacekeeping and other security forces, which are often the first point of contact for child soldiers.
  2. Conduct world-class interdisciplinary research to build – and share – knowledge, which in turn leads to new solutions.
  3. Develop partnerships to advocate for policy change and to build the political will to end the use and recruitment of child soldiers.