Violent Extremism

While many respond to terrorist acts with violent or propaganda-based tactics, we identify constructive means of dissuading people from expressing their beliefs or frustrations violently. We promote religious tolerance, bolster young people’s resistance to recruitment, and equip both convicted terrorists and prison officials with non-violent conflict resolution skills.

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.

How Moroccan activists are countering online recruitment into violent extremism

Our local team’s Facebook campaigns are spreading nonviolent narratives among Moroccan youth.

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?

A Bottom-up Approach to Countering Violent Extremism

This project aims at increasing the resilience of Tunisian communities to extremist violence.

Preventing Violent Extremism Through Comic Books

Our comic book Youmiyyat Daly helps share positive values of tolerance and understanding among Tunisian youth.

Deradicalization in Tunisian Prisons

We are leading a pilot initiative to address the radicalization and recruitment into violent extremist groups of Tunisian prisoners.

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.