Violent Extremism

Thwarting violent extremism: a new approach

Countering or preventing violent extremism (CVE or PVE) is a risk averse field buffeted by cautious politics and frightening violent extremist organizations (VEOs). Many donors and practitioners skirt danger by employing development approaches to thwart extremism, addressing issues like youth unemployment, poverty and unequal access to education – even as research makes plain that they are not the main reasons why a young person joins a VEO.

Such imprecise efforts make impact assessment difficult. But a second evaluation challenge is even more formidable: it is virtually impossible to prove that any initiative prevented a young person from joining a VEO.

Several members of local organizations in East Africa shared with me the best indicator of effectiveness that I have come across. They told me that they know their initiatives are interfering with VEO activities when VEO officials secure their mobile phone numbers and start texting them, remarking on where they live and, sometimes, where their children go to school. Authentic CVE/PVE work is as dangerous as it is difficult.

How can states and agencies counter violent extremism, much less prevent it? Before sharing some ideas for next steps, it’s important to get the basics right. Learn more...


Source : Alliance for Peacebuilding

A war of words: why counter-messaging to prevent ‘violent extremism’ is counter-productive

Many governments have stepped up efforts to counter what they see as ‘violent extremism’ in their countries. Kloé Tricot O’Farrell argues that these ‘counter-messaging’ campaigns can fuel isolation and discontent. Learn more...


Source : saferworld

Frontlines - Young people at the forefront of preventing and responding to violent extremism

TitleFrontlines - Young people at the forefront of preventing and responding to violent extremism

Description : The report puts forward and synthesizes data from field case studies/focus group discussions, a mapping of youth-led actions in the five regions, a global literature review, and a global survey on Youth and countering and preventing violent extremism for practitioners, to better understand young people’s aspirations and perceptions and improve programming. It is titled “Frontlines” in recognition of the fact that young people are already at the forefront of efforts to address and prevent violent extremism (PVE). 

Date of publication: 2019

Author: UNDP 


IGAD region to explore new approaches against terrorism

A transnational security threat of terrorism has re-emerged in the IGAD region with a vengeance, requiring a bold new regional approach to counteracting it. Currently, the region also faces serious and complex transnational security threats including financing terrorism, violent extremism, cyber-crime, trafficking in humans and drugs (...)  Learn more...

Source: PoliticalAnalysis

The Many Drivers Enabling Violent Extremism in Northern Mozambique

The violent extremist threat in northern Mozambique exploits underlying societal vulnerabilities of inequity, insecure land rights, and distrust of authorities.Le mouvement islamiste armé dans le Mozambique province nord de Cabo Delgado, connu localement comme « al Shabaab » (pas de relation directe avec le groupe militant somalien) ou « Sunna swahili » (le chemin swahili), entre autres noms, est responsable de plus de 100 décès , destruction de biens et déplacement de milliers de personnes. Le groupe a d'abord attiré l'attention en attaquant un commissariat de police en octobre 2017. Learn more...

Sahel countries gather around the monitoring of the integration of PVE into education systems

Mali, Niger, the Gambia, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Guinea-Bissau met for two days in Dakar to review progress in integrating the prevention of violent extremism (PVE) into their education programs and the teaching and learning processes of their respective countries. Learn more...


Source: UNESCO

How to counter far-right extremism? Germany shows the way

Dozens of heads of state, policymakers and leaders of technology companies gathered in Paris this week to discuss social media’s impact on global terrorist violence. Their goal – to eliminate terrorist and violent content online – is a laudable, necessary step toward combating extremism. But a critical group was missing from the meeting: educators. Learn more...

Source: The Guardian

Youth led guide on prevention of violent extremism through education

Tilte: Youth led guide on prevention of violent extremism through education

Description: The #YouthWagingPeace guidebook is a document for anyone interested in understanding Violent Extremism and exploring the relationship between Education and Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE). 

Issue date: 2017

Author: UNESCO


New Zealand Seeks Global Support for Tougher Measures on Online Violence

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand will attempt this week to use the terrorist attack that killed 51 Muslim worshipers in Christchurch mosques in March to demand that the biggest internet platforms do more to stamp out violent and extremist content. Learn more ...


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