Pamoja Gender and Youth Initiative – PAGEYI

Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism

Pageyi Counter Extremism

Pamoja Gender & Youth Initiative’s Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism, proposes peace builders, through their broader agenda of conflict prevention to also focus on preventing and countering extremist violence. Violent extremism is a driver of conflict, and violent extremists are often spoilers in peace building efforts. Violent extremism is a driver of conflict, and violent extremists are often spoilers in peace building efforts. Coming from a background of long versed in the challenges of conflict prevention, having worked in erstwhile violent communities, PAGEYI carries the related methods and practices that can help develop a more expansive understanding of violent extremism and its causes and a more localized, inclusive, and sustainable approach to prevent and counter it.

Over the past decade, the understanding of how and why individuals engage in violent extremism and terrorism has evolved and become more nuanced, as have the tools to prevent these threats. Marginalized from political processes, lacking in viable employment options and suffering from an increasing sense of desperation, the youth in most parts of Kenya and Somalia areas are easy targets for radicalized recruiters who lure or coerce boys and girls and young men and women with a better life radicalism. To prevent this pull of terrorist recruitment PAGEYI proposes interventions that influence the youth by building resilience among populations vulnerable to radicalization. Much of such work still touches on the realm of peace-building.

PAGEYI  proposes to employ preventive steps to address the underlying conditions that drive individuals to radicalize and join violent extremist groups, in line with the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism. The Plan was developed, in 2016,  through an extensive United Nations inter-agency process and is based on the outcomes of high-level meetings of the General Assembly and Security Council, interactive briefings to Member States and outcomes of international and regional meetings.

A nation cannot prosper if its people are not at peace. The situation in Somalia is improving in small strides but there is still a long way to go. Insecurity is at the root of most of Somalia’s problems and the youth are at the dead center of it all. That is where efforts should be concentrated on the deradicalisation of youth.
Youth, in essence, have the energy, wild imaginations and the desire for adventure, which can be channeled into positive activities. Instead of letting so much talent and energy be used negatively against our own societies, we hope to be able to create a positive channel for it. It is of great importance to strive to prevent violent radicalization and promote inter-cultural understanding, fundamental rights, and democratic values among the youth and other people in Somalia.

Intervention Strategy

To prevent this pull of terrorist recruitment PAGEYI proposes interventions that influence the youth by building resilience among populations vulnerable to radicalization. Much of such work still touches on the realm of peacebuilding. PAGEYI proposes peacebuilders, through their broader agenda of conflict prevention, to also focus on countering extremist violence. Violent extremism is a driver of conflict, and violent extremists are often spoilers in peacebuilding efforts. Coming from a background of long versed in the challenges of conflict prevention, having worked in erstwhile violent communities, PAGEYI carries the related methods and practices that can help develop a more expansive understanding of violent extremism and its causes and a more localized, inclusive, and sustainable approach to prevent and counter it.

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