Journey to Extremism: Pathways to Recruitment and Disengagement

What drives people to and from violent extremism in Africa?

November 24, 2022


About this event 

The growth of violent extremism is an imminent threat to peace, stability and development in Africa. Despite significant investment by the international community to counter the devastating impact of violent extremism, it has further expanded and spread in sub-Saharan Africa, not retreated, effectively turning the Sub-Saharan region Africa into a new epicenter of violent extremism.

In 2017, the UNDP flagship report ‘Journey to Extremism in Africa: Drivers, Incentives and the Tipping Point for Recruitment’ provided more nuance on this phenomena, leveraging its unprecedented empirical evidence and diverse dataset on the drivers, tipping points factors and trajectories shaping individual’s journey towards recruitment.

Given the fast-changing dynamics of violent extremism, in 2020 UNDP Africa embarked on a second iteration of the Journey to Extremism in Africa research. The research has expanded both the scope and depth of its existing evidence base to include eight countries under review, and with more than 2000 respondents in key hotspots and spill-over countries on the continent. Building on lessons learned and insights from the first iteration, this report further strengthens the conceptual basis of the report, now also further looking into the pathways from recruitment, disengagement and deradicalization.

This trailer will provide a global conversation and  convene key stakeholders in the international community, experts and thought leaders in this space to welcome, encourage, and facilitate discussions about the thematic areas of this new flagship report that will be officially launched in Addis in 2023.

UNDP’s Oslo Governance Centre and the Regional Bureaux for Africa and Arab States invite you to this pre-launch conversation, held in-person, at Oslo’s Public Library, Deichman Bjørvika on 12th December, 2022. The event will last from 2.30-5pm and is preceded by an exhibition and followed by a reception. Participants are invited to arrive early to visit the exhibition before the discussion. A performance will launch the discussion at 3pm sharp, so do make sure that you are there in time!

  • Monday, December 12, 2022 
  • 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM CET 
  • Deichman Bjørvika, Oslo Public Library 1 Vestlys plass 0150 Sentrum