CVE Exchange: Kenya & Nigeria | Diplomacy Opportunities

The push and pull factors to youths’ widespread radicalization in Nigeria and Kenya have been widely researched, discussed and debated upon. Current evaluations of Nigeria and Kenya’s ‘Countering Violent Extremism’ (CVE) & ‘Preventing Violent Extremism’ (PVE) policies tend to adhere to three major approaches:

  • Top-down evaluations by elites repeatedly locating the protection of national security in inter-agency cooperation;
  • Bottom-up CVE/PVE evaluations placing primacy on the voices of Muslim community elders, such as imams, social workers, parents, and community leaders for interventions with at-risk youth; and
  • Social scientific evaluations of CVE/PVE policy through empirical exploration of the push and pull factors of youth recruitment into militancy.

To date, there is a dearth of studies asking what Nigerian and Kenyan youth leaders think about CVE/PVE policies especially in light of the fact that they are often the main targets of Boko Haram and al-Shabaab attacks respectively.

This session is set to explore the respective lessons learnt on the fields of countering violent extremism against Boko Haram and Al Shabaab in Nigeria and Kenya respectively, and highlighting out the most appropriate and effective interventions that should be scaled up, rather than being ignored or less supported. From Nigeria, the main discussant will be Mr. Imrana Alhaji Buba, of Youth Coalition Against Terrorism (YOCAT) and a Generation Change Fellow, while Kenya’s main discussant will be Ms. Rehema Zaid of Integrated Initiatives for Community Empowerment (IICEP).

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Topic: Defining interventions against Boko Haram and Al Shabaab

Date: January 28th, 2017

Time: 3:00 pm EAT (1:00 pm in Lagos, Nigeria/3:00 pm in Nairobi, Kenya)

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Issue Areas:

  • Countering Violent Extremism;
  • Youths and radicalization.

Participation eligibility

  • Nigerian and Kenyan nationals.
  • Aged between 18 – 30 years.
  • Interest in countering extremism; active in their local communities having launched, or become very engaged with, projects/initiatives to prevent and counter violent extremism.
  • Experience in this area, with a good knowledge of actors and organizations in their own communities who also work to counter and prevent extremism.
  • Digitally savvy and active on social media.
  • Willing and able to work individually and as part of a team; able to work remotely with others.

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