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Preventing Violent Extremism

Since 2014, UNDP has been working to develop a deeper and more nuanced understanding of violent extremism. We aim to address two interlinked challenges: (1) the rise of violent extremism, using a development and peacebuilding approach firmly grounded within human rights principles, and (2) the need to govern increasingly diverse and multi-cultural societies, which requires attention to institutions, political and religious ideologies and people and promotion of human rights based approaches.

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In Kyrgyzstan, UNDP works with social workers and local administrations to increase their responsiveness to women and girls at risk of radicalization.
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In Somalia, UNDP supports youth at risk of being recruited into clan militias, pirate gangs and Al Shabab with training on basic social skills, peacebuilding, rule of law, civic education, and literacy and numeracy classes. This opens up young people’s choices.
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UNDP trained religious leaders from the Far North Cameroon to identify radicalisation and address radicalised youth.

UNDP’s efforts at preventing violent extremism are ultimately about strengthening vertical and horizontal cohesion in society as well as helping local actors reinforce their resilience to conflict and division. UNDP’s approach looks at the relationship between conflict prevention and economic opportunities, rule of law and human rights and inclusion in governance and civic processes, particularly focusing on women and youth participation in building social cohesion.

Based on the Secretary-General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism and SDG 16— UNDP has developed a comprehensive strategic framework, 'Preventing Violent Extremism through Inclusive Development and the Promotion of Tolerance and Respect for Diversity'. We launched our first four year (2017-2020) Global Programme, “Development Solutions for the Prevention of Violent Extremism”, which translates UNDP’s strategic framework into programmatic outputs.

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