Voices from the Ground

The lived experiences of Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) are multifaceted and vary between regions and countries. National prevention measures themselves take diverse forms and shapes with multiple actors involved in the realisation of promoting positive alternatives to radicalisation and recruitment into violent extremism. In this video series aimed at capturing the voices from the ground, […]

Climate Change and Violent Extremism in Africa

Hear about UNDP’s newest policy brief examining potential links between climate change and violent extremism in Africa. The literature review brief includes analysis of climate security, violent extremism, and intrastate conflict in cases in the Central Sahel, the Lake Chad Basin, Mozambique, and Somalia.  Listen to assessments of preventing and countering violent extremism in Africa […]

Enabling Conditions for Providing Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Programming for Prevention of Violent Extremism – Examples from Central Asia

Mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) play an important role in the reintegration of people formerly affiliated with violent extremist groups. It also plays a role in PVE by exploring mental health in radicalization and how psychosocial support – together with other activities like livelihoods and capacity building – can help strengthen intervention impact. However, […]

The Extreme Ideoscape: Risks and Radicalization Defined in an Era of Digital Revolution

Over one year into the COVID-19 pandemic and the world is still experiencing widespread restrictions on physical movement that has increasingly pushed people into a virtual and online reality. While serving as a crucial platform for the world to stay connected, reliance upon social media has increasingly exposed people to greater vulnerabilities, risks of fake […]

Building Trust and Social Dialogue: The Impact of Local Interventions

In 2019, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found that only 45 per cent of citizens trusted their governments and since COVID-19 and the spread of misinformation, polarization and mistrust has amplified even further. Confidence building measures and trust are key in moving forward in conflict affected regions or areas where low levels […]

Exiting Extremism: Returning Home and Recipient Communities

When people make the decision to leave a violent extremist group, the path to what was once home and rehabilitation can seem harder than the one that radicalized them. Importantly, it is not only former violent extremists, but family members including children who can be dragged into a net of suspicion and stigmatization. The international […]

Misogyny: The Extremist Gateway?

Misogyny often lies at the heart of violent extremism and is central to indoctrination, recruitment, and ideology – yet it frequently escapes scrutiny. Hounding women from the public sphere has been a starting point for violent ideologies, with social media directing hatred towards those women who speak out.  Societies that tackle misogyny are more peaceful […]