Date(s) - 23/10/2017
11:00 - 12:30
Brussels Press Club Europe asbl
Journey to Extremism in Africa
Conference UNDP (United Nations Development )
MONDAY 23 OCTOBER 2017, 11 AM – 12:30 PM
Brussels Press Club, Rue Froissart 95, Brussels 1040
ABOUT THE REPORT
The growth of violent extremism and its devastating impacts has set in motion a reversal of development gains made on the African continent and threatens to stunt prospects of development for decades to come. The human suffering is far reaching. UNDP estimates that more than 33,300 people in Africa have lost their lives to violent extremist attacks from 2011 to 2016, and millions have seen their livelihoods affected through displacement or loss of a breadwinner.
Under the umbrella of its programme to prevent violent extremism, UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa has reached out to, and interviewed an unprecedented number of former recruits from multiple violent extremist groups, such as Boko Haram, Al Shabaab and IS, that span the continent. Interviews were held with 718 individuals, including 495 individuals who voluntarily joined violent extremist groups; 78 individuals who were forced to join; and 145 individuals who had not joined, but otherwise faced similar life circumstances.
The report is an attempt to understand the underlying factors of violent extremism in sub-Saharan Africa. The meeting will present findings about, and recommendations for tackling violent extremism based on the analysis of the unique database gathered through the Journey to Extremism research project.
Ms. Barbara Pesce Monteiro – Director of the UN/UNDP Representation Office in Brussels
H.E. Mr. Sékou Dit Gaoussou Cisse – Ambassador of Mali to Kingdom of Belgium and the European Union
Mr. Mohamed Yahya – UNDP Regional Programme Coordinator, UNDP Africa Hub
Mr. Ahmed Hadji – Survivor of violent extremism from Uganda
Ms. Ilwad Elman – Director of Programs and Development, Elman Peace Center, Somalia