Day 2 | Spotlight Session 2

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

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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, despite increasing global MHPPS attention in peacebuilding, there are still many unknown factors, challenges, and risks associated with its PVE application.

Learn about key considerations for programming, including creating the appropriate conditions for providing, monitoring, and evaluating MHPSS in PVE. And gain an understanding of PVE MHPSS applications through UNDP best practices in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan – including online youth psychosocial counselling, psychosocial support training for probation officers, and mentorship support in apprenticeship schemes.

15 June 2021

Start: 11:00 (CEST)
End: 12:00 (CEST)


Vera Siesjö

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)


Agi Veres

United Nations Development Programme, Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS

Konstantin Sokulskiy

United Nations Development Programme, Kazakhstan

Eva María Jiménez González

Ministry of Justice, Spain

Makhabbat Yespenova

NGO: “Kameda”

Erkina Urazbaeva

United Nations Development Programme, Kyrgyzstan

Michael Niconchuk

Beyond Conflict

Kalmatov Daniyar Alpayizovich

Ministry of Justice, Kyrgyz Republic

Johannes Stenbæk Madsen

European Union (EU) Delegation to Kazakhstan