12 – 19 April 2009: DDMBA sponsored and participated in bringing 26 youth community leaders from Afghanistan to Dharamsala, India for a dialogue on education, community development, poverty reduction and peace. The gathering was organized by GPIW and the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), under the leadership of Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, founder of AIL. Trainings were conducted in partnership with the Swarajpeeth Gandhi Center for Non-Violence based in New Delhi. The platform in India provided a starting point for many young Afghan leaders to engage in discussions. The dialogue primarily focused on ways youth participation can be used to generate positive sentiments.