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Enhance Community Resilience on Countering Violent Extremism in Mandera Triangle

East Africa
Young Africans for Peace and Development (YAPAD)
Ethiopia Kenya, Somalia,

Supported by the Knowledge Management Fund, YAPAD conducted research to explore trends of violent extremism in Mandera Triangle in January 2022. This research aimed to investigate the cause and changing trends of extremism and help recommend strategies to counter them using CVE strategies at the community-level. These strategies included exploring the strengths of relationships between communities, as well as those of state and non-state actors countering violent extremism.

The assessment employed a triangulated methodological approach that incorporated literature review, key informant interviews, Focus Group Discussion, and site visits. A total of 171 respondents were reached in the six sub-counties of which 68% were male and 32% female.

The respondents were sampled from various religious institutions (Sheikhs, Imams, and Pastors), school teachers, youth groups, peace committees, women-centred institutions, local elders, national and county government officials, civil society, local media houses, and personnel.  A summary of the key findings of the assessment includes but not limited to the following:

  • Violent Extremism
  • Role of Women in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)
  • Civil Society and Existing Strategies
  • Recommended Strategies
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