Countering Violent Extremism

Fatima takes a stand: a young Moroccan’s journey to empower youth

22-year-old activist Fatima Benoughazi is on a mission to stop the recruitment of young Moroccans into violent extremist groups.

Tunisian and Dutch Officials Join Forces Against Violent Extremism

We organized an exchange between Tunisian and Dutch officials to conclude the first phase of our project countering violent extremism in Tunisian prisons.

Four tips from peacebuilders on working with young people to transform violent extremism

If violent extremist groups recognize the power and potential of young people, why don’t those combatting them?

Radicalization of Central Asian Labor Migrants in Russia

We are researching the dynamics of radicalization among Central Asian labor migrants in the Russian Federation.

Youth as Agents of Peace and Stability in Kyrgyzstan

Our project utilizes a youth-led approach to mitigate the factors that lead to radicalization into violent extremist groups.

Meet Me at the Maksani: A Mapping of Influencers, Networks, and Communication Channels in Kenya and Tanzania

Radicalization across East Africa has increased in recent years, affecting both Kenya and Tanzania; Kenya on a larger scale. Search conducted this research to map key influencers, networks and communication channels that drive and prevent violent extremism, with the goal of informing more effective programming. The mapping methodology was based on social network analysis (SNA), and the findings validated in a civil society workshop.

The mapping revealed that poverty and unemployment were the most common frustrations people were dealing with, and that they turned to their friends most often for solutions. This suggests a diluted influence of religious and community leaders, though they likely still have indirect influence. CSOs had very little influence, and need to improve their coordination of efforts. Though most of the advice given is non-violent, it lacks focused action and so is less easy advice to follow than the action-oriented recruitment to VE. Existing channels for communication should be leveraged to increase awareness of concrete non-violent actions to take in response to the pressures they face. While progress has been made in Kenya (and to a lesser extent in Tanzania) towards overcoming this barrier to more effective VE programming, there is still work to be done in both countries.

Combined Baseline Evaluation of “Katika Usalama Tunategemeana and “Pamoja! Strengthening Community Resilience in Tanzania””

Violent Extremism (VE) and radicalization are increasing concerns in Tanzania, both on the mainland and in Zanzibar. Search is working to address the underlying causes of economic, social-political, and religious marginalization through the two projects that make up this baseline. Key findings included: Interfaith dialogues have value in CVE, and potential to be expanded and made more sustainable; Community interest in and feelings of responsibility to support CVE efforts; there is currently little coordination between different actors working on CVE (government, CSOs, NGOs, local media, etc); Political conflicts are viewed as more pressing than religious ones, but they are not distinct and so any CVE efforts should include political actors; Economic pressures and lack of economic opportunity are key pull factors for youth engaging in VE. The baseline recommends including religious, economic, and civic/political empowerment as a part of any programming. The baseline also suggests mapping all CVE actors in the space to help improve coordination and effectiveness of efforts.