A thematic training seminar on effective countering violent extremism programming in the Horn of Africa was held under the auspices of the European Union with local and international delegations at the Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. The three-day training program, facilitated by CIVIPOL, was developed and delivered by CGCC and a team of multidisciplinary regional and international experts. The training provided an opportunity for local officials, EU delegates, and EU member state representatives from across the greater subregion to discuss region- and country-specific programming to address challenges posed by violent extremism.

Over the course of the three-day training, participants worked on a number of practical case studies and interactive scenario-based exercises. These exercises provided participants with an opportunity to put newly acquired knowledge into practice, designing and developing thematic, context-sensitive CVE programs. Topics covered in the training curriculum included: challenges of violent radicalization and terrorist recruitment in East Africa and the Horn; the key elements of projects to prevent violent extremism; good practices in building local grassroots efforts and capacities to counter violent extremism; and different methods addressing countering violent extremism (CVE)-related objectives through existing development and security programming.

The curriculum was designed to strengthen participants’ understanding of the drivers of violent extremism in the subregion, and provide actionable tools and good practices for addressing CVE-related objectives in the context of multidimensional development, justice, and security initiatives. The meeting focused on identifying and engaging local partners whose work contributes to strengthening resilience against violence and extremism, considering what narratives and counter-narratives resonate with local and regional actors, and developing project ideas that contribute to addressing violent extremism in accordance with local context.

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