SADC Regional Workshop on the Role of the Criminal Justice System in Preventing and Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism


In recent times, there have been a growing trend of terrorism and violent extremism in the Southern Africa region, particularly with the spread of terrorist groups connected with the Islamic State (IS), which threatens the peace, security, stability, and the development of countries in the region. The present threats in the region have also exposed the vulnerabilities of the member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Elevating the Role of African Cities in Preventing Extremism and Hate: Mapping City Needs and Priorities


From 10 to 12 May 2022, the Strong Cities Network (SCN) convened over 65 mayors and other local leaders, civil society representatives and senior officials from national governments and multilateral bodies in East and Southern Africa for an exchange of views on how best to support city and other local authority-led efforts for preventing extremist- and hate-motivated violence and polarisation. The multi-stakeholder gathering included officials and experts from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, as well as the African Union, IGAD, UNOCT, UNDP, UN Habitat, UNOPS, other city networks including the East Africa Local Government Association and the Global Parliament of Mayors, and the British, Danish, Dutch and US embassies in Nairobi. The EU-funded workshop is part of a larger EU-supported initiative to map city-level prevention-related needs and priorities across Africa.

Workshop on the Contagion of Violent Extremism into West Africa Coastal Countries


Violent extremism, often intertwined with communal tensions and criminality, has continued to gain ground across the Sahel belt of West Africa. Rising instability and the fragile security situation in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger have generated concerns among neighbouring West African coastal states about the possibilities of regional spillover. Besides their proximity to countries which are already in the eye of the storm of violent extremism activities, Benin, Ivory Coast, Ghana, and Togo are confronted with other local specific grievances and vulnerabilities which may act as catalysts to nurture and fester violent extremist ideologies. These catalysts may include ethnic, sectorial, and religious tensions; real and perceived socio-economic marginalization of certain societal groups; and challenges related to bad governance, youth bulge, impunity of the political elite, and mistrust in state institutions.

7th Generic Course on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE) in Africa


Violent extremism has continued to gain ground across many parts of Africa. Several initiatives, approaches, and preventative measures continue to be developed by various stakeholders with the aim of building capacity to effectively contribute to the prevention and countering of violent extremism.