In West Africa and the Sahel, armed conflicts over the past three years in Libya and Mali have exacerbated existing security and development challenges in the region, such as unemployment, political and social exclusion, organized crime, drug trafficking, and poor service delivery, due in part to a lack of capacity by governments to meet local and national needs. The conflicts have also created openings for extremist groups and illicit actors to exploit these conditions, which can further the spread of violent extremism. Over a period of 18 months, this project by the Global Center, in collaboration with the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding, will seek to identify and strengthen regional prevention capacities to counter violent extremism in West Africa and the Sahel, and support community engagement efforts through initiatives aimed at both government officials and civil society representatives in preventing and responding to violent extremism.

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