The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Security Sector Programme (SSP) and the Global Center hosted a workshop in Nairobi, Kenya on developing inclusive national strategies to prevent and counter violent extremism (P/CVE) in the Greater Horn of Africa region. The workshop built upon an earlier meeting to discuss regional priorities for P/CVE in the Greater Horn of Africa, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in February 2016.

During the three-day workshop, key stakeholders from around the Greater Horn of Africa discussed the important role that national P/CVE strategies play in identifying national priorities, securing necessary political and societal commitment, and institutionalizing pathways of collaboration between government and civil society actors. Governments from across the region have increasingly recognized the need to develop P/CVE strategies in collaboration with civil society organizations (CSOs) and other non-governmental actors, and the workshop was developed with an eye towards identifying strategies to strengthen and deepen these partnerships across the region.

The workshop brought together over 50 stakeholders from IGAD member states, CSOs, academia, the United Nations, and other regional and international actors engaged in P/CVE. It provided space for a practical discussion of the key elements of P/CVE strategies, roles of stakeholders in their development and implementation, and challenges and capacity gaps related to P/CVE in the Greater Horn of Africa. In order to advance the development of inclusive national P/CVE strategies at the national level, country-specific working group exercises were held with government and civil society actors to facilitate dialogue on national priorities, challenges, and opportunities.

The workshop, supported by the U.S. Department of State, is part of a larger joint initiative between the Global Center and IGAD SSP that aims to deepen community resilience and strengthen regional capacities on P/CVE. For more information, please contact Mr. Eelco Kessels at ekessels@globalcenter.org.

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