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Myanmar Blog- Daw Khin Su Hlaing

Supporting the Changing State of Social Cohesion in Myanmar

Dr. Nem Nei Lhing, an ethnic Chin, was formerly a government officer in agriculture before she joined the Ministry of Ethnic Affairs (MOEA) of the Union Government of Myanmar–a new Ministry that came into being after Myanmar’s transition to a new democratically elected government at the start of 2017. In her new found role, and for the first time, she is working with people from different ethnicities, both within the Ministry and in the states and divisions that the MOEA oversees – a number of which face deep divisions and armed conflict.

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Between Economy and Culture: How Art is Curbing Tensions in Bali

The crisis of an old Balinese tradition triggered the potential for violence in Indonesia — until the local Search team came up with an unprecedented solution to curb tensions, based on contemporary arts.

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Kyrgyzstan Publications on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) (2016,2017)

The following publications were developed during the implementation of the project “Promoting Religious Freedom through Government and Civil Society Collaboration in the KR” that started in May 2015.

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Key Messages and Media Channels of Youth Recruitment in Kyrgyzstan

“Key Messages and Media Channels of Youth Recruitment in Kyrgyzstan is a report of action research conducted in eight key locations across Kyrgyzstan where radicalization to violent extremism (VE) is particularly prevalent. Taking a qualitative approach, over 100 interviews were conducted with individuals between the ages of 16 and 32 to identify the methods and information channels which most effectively influence youth toward VE. Extremist and terrorist groups, such as the Islamic State, use social media to reach potential recruits. Their messages employ professional-level imaging and curated content to reach their target group. Social media serves a platform for their interpretation of verses and hadiths from the Qur’an to inspire youth to join the caliphate and fight for jihad. The study includes descriptive portraits of those most affected by extremist messaging, and the popular channels used by those people.

The study also produced recommendations for how efforts to counter or prevent violent extremism can be effective. The content of such campaigns should reach those at risk of radicalization to violent extremism with messages that resonate with them, educating ​i​n terms of their Muslim identity. Those who are similar or familiar to viewers will be more effective at delivering these messages. ​As many ​at risk youth ​lack critical thinking, ​moderate ​messaging should be simple​,​ ​easily ​accessible​, ​​and​ in their native languages​ (i.e., Uzbek, Russian, and Kyrgyz​)​. For more detail on these findings and further recommendations, please see our full report.​”​​

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PAHUNCH: STRENGTHENING ACCESS TO JUSTICE IN NEPAL

We are using arts and media to build a better relationship between the police and citizens in Nepal.

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Madam Prime Minister

Introducing the first female (and fictional) Prime Minister of Nepal.

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Promoting Women’s Rights, Protection, and Participation in Post Conflict Situations

With support from UN Women, we are strengthening the skills of female leaders in six districts across the country.