Social Media

A Memory Map to Support Reconciliation in Sri Lanka

To help communities remember and reconcile, we built an online archive of 320 stories from Sri Lanka’s Civil War.

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.

La Pépinière: Empowering Women and Girls in the DRC

Funded by DFID, the project La Pépinière tackles the damaging societal norms preventing women and girls from achieving their full potential.

Feeding Others: How a Kyrgyz Student is Countering Radicalization to Violent Extremism in his Rural Community

“I am a patriot of my country,” says Maisalbek, who is in his final year studying journalism at a local university in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. For generations, his family has lived in a village in the mountains above Osh, in southern Kyrgyzstan. When he was young, however, his mother […]

Social Media Programming Provides Kyrgyz Youth with Alternatives to Violent Extremism

“There is an increasing fear in front of Allah that I feel; fear due to my deeds and sins. It feels like it’s high time to do something, leave this life and follow the inner voice.” These were the words of a 19-year-old in Kara-Balta in Northern Kyrgyzstan, […]

Social Media for Deradicalization in Kyrgyzstan

Working with local activists, we are countering youth’s recruitment into violent extremist groups through social media.

#PeaceDay – the photo caption contest!

This #PeaceDay, participate in our photo caption contest and win Search’s unique sunglasses!