A fighter. A returnee. A rehabilitated terrorist. An ex-recruiter. A former prisoner.

Five stories of five people and their experiences of violent extremism.

  • Intro
  • Rahma
  • Amir
  • Kairul
  • Odin
  • Ahmad

“Around the time we joined the caliphate, we had been at the lowest point of our lives…”

“I thought of religion as the way to find meaning, and after the first Bali bombing, I became interested in jihad…”

“I met the leader of Jemaah Islamiyah, Abdullah Sunkar, when I was a teenager…”

"When ISIS came here, they approached me, but I didn’t give them assurances that I would join them straight away…"

“When the war broke out in Syria I felt angry inside and I wanted to do something about it…”

Oslo III: 14 – 16 June 2021

Voices from the Ground

UNDP works in 170 countries to strengthen universal peace and prosperity and promote positive action for people and the planet. With seventy-one countries experiencing at least one death from terrorism in 2019, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic impacting violent extremism in ways not yet fully understood, Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) remains a core element of UNDPs work on peace. But with the health and disinformation waves of COVID sweeping the globe, it has been more difficult to hear the voices of those working at the local and national levels to prevent violent extremism.

Oslo III is bringing you the opportunity to listen and learn from voices on the ground, communicating the lived experience of efforts to prevent violent extremism and the reasons why it is more important than ever to continue the focus on prevention. Hear from our government and civil society partners working on the frontline on how the violent extremism landscape has changed, and their ideas of how preventing violent extremism should look in the future.

  • All
  • Civil Society
  • Government

Afërdita Jaha

Head of the Technical Team on PVE in the Kosovo’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST), Kosovo

Fathimath Azza

Director General at Ministry of Education, Maldives

Wevyn Muganda

Cora Weiss Peacebuilding Fellow for Global Network of Women Peacebuilders and the convenor for ISIRIKA, Kenya

Charmaine Mae “Xx” Dagapioso

Baconga - The Balay Mindanaw Foundation Inc. (BMFI), Philippines

Nahim Razzaq

Member of Parliament, Bangladesh

Sadaf Khan

Co-founder Media Matters for Democracy Trust, Pakistan

Ayu Kartika Dewi

Managing Director Indika Foundation, Indonesia

Brigadier General Zakariyya Mansoor

Director General - Counter-Terrorism, National Counter Terrorism Centre, Ministry of Defence and National Security, Republic of Maldives

Father Pascal Djeumegued

Member of the Observatory for Human Rights in Far North Cameroon

Mohammad Ali Babakhel

Director General National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA), Government of Pakistan, Pakistan

Jasmin Jasarevic

General Manager of PRONI Center for Youth Development, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Andhika Chrisnayudhanto

Deputy for International Cooperation of the Indonesian National Counter Terrorism Agency (BNPT), Indonesia

*All references to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of UNSCR 1244 (1999)