Mark Snijder

Since 2017, I have been working on two themes that are close to my heart: youth and the youth domain, and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). In recent years, I have seen the complex issues that organisations and professionals in these fields are struggling with: decentralization of youth care, prevention of radicalisation and extremism, high youth unemployment in the MENA region, and (active) participation of youth in political decision-making.

At the same time, I see an impressive amount of collective knowledge and experience in these fields, and an infinite imagination about how things can be done differently. I am convinced that this enables us to find new answers to these issues and to initiate change.

As an inquisitive consultant and editor, I contribute to this by collecting and bringing together (practical) knowledge and experience. I often do that through interviews, desk research and group discussions. It helps that I speak the language – not only the language of the youth sector but also Arabic. From the collected knowledge and experience, I unravel patterns and insights. I then translate these into practical tools or advice, often in the form of reports, stories, articles and fact sheets – and sometimes a podcast.

Expertise

Examples of what I do

Learning from countering radicalisation

Learning from countering radicalisation

Even for a complex issue like countering radicalisation, professionals can learn from experiences in other cities and regions. A national team of ‘zorg- en veiligheidshuizen’ wanted to collect the available expertise and make it applicable in practice, in order to help improve the approach in all regions.

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Youth care for complex problems

Youth care for complex problems

Children, young people and parents with complex problems are not always well served by youth care services. What can we learn from their stories and from the experiences of professionals? And how can we improve the care and assistance provided to other children and families?

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