New research by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) provides insights on the prevention of violent extremism in Africa.
A key finding in a study of 281 projects in East, Central and West Africa is that despite substantial donor funding for initiatives to prevent and counter violent extremism, the duration of projects is extremely short, limiting their impact. Many also describe their work as humanitarian aid and socio-economic empowerment.
The analysis also shows why dialogue with violent extremist groups al-Shabaab and Boko Haram should be among available policy options to address terrorism in the Horn of Africa and Lake Chad Basin. Although African states must take responsibility for the dialogue process, the global community has a constructive role to play in this approach.
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