Policy highlights:

  • This report seeks to articulate the value of youth-government collaboration and partnership in preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE).
  • As partners for peace and positive agents of change, youth offer critical expertise and connectivity for state actors working to understand and address issues of peace and security.
  • Collaboration strengthens the design and implementation of P/CVE policies and helps address some of the fundamental grievances that have exacerbated the spread of violent extremism; it also helps bridge divides between youth, society and the government more broadly.
  • To enable youth-government collaboration and partnerships in addressing violent extremism, Search for Common Ground sets out the following underlying principles: (1) view and engage youth as critical, trustworthy partners in peace, from implementation to partnering; (2) acknowledge the drivers of violent extremism and adapt state-led responses; (3) foster partnerships and access for youth in P/CVE; (4) ensure fundamental freedoms are upheld, as well as the principles of human rights, religious tolerance, and individual safety; (5) maintain best practices; and (6) build an all-government and all-of-society movement.

The following recommendations/steps are suggested to further promote collaboration:

  • Work together: (1) convene a dialogue with youth, government, and other key stakeholders at the community or national level to review existing P/CVE policies or programmes and discuss the opportunities and challenges for collaborations to address violent extremism; (2) develop joint initiatives to better understand and address the drivers of violent extremism; and (3) coordinate and pursue a multipronged approach that brings in outside stakeholders across sectors (e.g. media, technology, services, and agriculture).
  • Within government: (1) integrate youth partnerships into pre-existing strategies, plans, and policies to address violent extremism, and avoid creating a separate ‘Youth-CVE’ national action plan; (2) support, collaborate, and partner with youth and youth-led organizations without conditioning participation on political party support or affiliation; (3) broaden responsibility for P/CVE beyond interior ministries and law enforcement, recognizing that the drivers of violent extremism cut across multiple sectors and there is a shared responsibility for addressing these drivers; (4) open up decision-making to youth participation; and (5) facilitate connections for youth across government institutions, ministries and departments.
  • Among youth and youth-led organizations: (1) integrate government engagement, partnership, and collaboration into P/CVE strategies, plans, and programmes; (2) ensure that youth are continuously reaching out to the most marginalized, assessing how your organization’s operations promote inclusion or exclusion; (3) build partnerships with other youth-led and civil society organizations at the community level; (4) coordinate campaigns and activities, on and offline, with other youth and youth organizations on an ongoing basis; and (5) maintain independence and focus on P/CVE, regularly reviewing and communicating the results, impact and theory of change behind your work.
Connected themes
Share this post

Related items

AERC Regional Policy Forum summary

The AERC hosted a virtual Regional Policy Forum on 28 March 2022. The forum brought together key stakeholders who play important roles in shaping new research findings, paving new policy directions, and initiating innovative practices in the areas of youth and employment.

cairo-workers
Identifying Economic Sectors to Create Employment for Youth in Africa: key findings from selected country cases

Growth Sectors for Youth Employment (GSYE) is an African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) collaborative research…

John_maara_Photo_
The world youngest continent is looking for work

The African continent is undergoing an important demographic transformation that will, for the better or the worse, drastically change its labor market. According to the World Bank, every year 12 million young people enter the job market while only 3 million formal jobs are created. With a median age of 25 years old, the African continent is the youngest in the world.

Maya Turolla Profile
website banner - webinar 6 (1000 x 400 px)
YOUTH @ WORK: the Future of Work Webinar Overview

How can the Fourth Industrial Revolution support youth employment in Africa? This was the main question of the closing session of our Youth@Work webinar series

Siri profile picture
website banner - webinar 5
YOUTH @ WORK: The Enabling Environment Webinar Overview

What is an enabling environment and what is its role and impact on employment creation for youth? These were the main questions of this week’s Youth@Work webinar.

Siri profile picture