Dushanbe, 17-18 December 2019. Regional dialogue on Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) brought together representatives of government, civil society and international organizations from Central Asian countries to discuss the trends and challenges in PVE and develop innovative approaches to tackle them.
“This dialogue serves as a platform for governments, experts and research community to explore and elaborate required measures on strengthening prevention of violent extremism. In particular, it is crucial for young people who are mostly at risk of being targeted by violent extremism.” – noted Ms. Pratibha Mehta, UNDP Resident Representative in Tajikistan.
The participants discussed the trends and challenges related to the use of the internet by extremist organizations for recruitment of young people and dissemination of extremist messages, including hate speech and fake news. The Central Asian governments have developed effective response practices to prevent extremism in social media, such as counter-narratives, awareness raising campaigns, digital networks of resilience and activism and shared them with each other.
Furthermore, the participants shared knowledge and experience on the repatriation, rehabilitation and social reintegration of individuals that have joined foreign conflicts.
By the end of the meeting the countries developed roadmaps for intersectoral collaboration to institutionalize national PVE systems, including standards, referral algorithms and monitoring indicators.
The event was held within the regional project “Strengthening Community Resilience and Regional Cooperation in Central Asia” funded by the Government of Japan and implemented by the UNDP. The total budget of the projects is $ 6.4 million USD (2018-20).
The project aims to build the resilience of communities to violent extremism by improving the socio-economic status of the young people.