Building a Body of Knowledge in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism
“We are looking to support the IGAD Centre of Excellence for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (ICEPCVE) so that the research done and knowledge being generated is being done by the people who understand the context and is familiar with the nuances and complexities of new and emerging trends in preventing and countering violent extremism. A combination of a down-up approach where information comes from civil society organizations to researchers, and an up-down approach where information flows from researchers to civil society organizations to researchers, will achieve the best results.”
These remarks by the Team Lead for Regional Affairs of the Royal Danish Embassy in Ethiopia Dr Jonas Helth Lonborg set the stage for at least 18 researchers from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda gathered at a three-day Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism Workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 12 to 14 June 2019.
This was the second workshop of its kind hosted by ICEPCVE’s Research and Analysis Unit to deliver modules on the conceptual, methodological and practical aspects of conducting field research on P/CVE in the Horn and Eastern Africa Region. The first edition took place in Mombasa, Kenya, in May 2018.
L to R: Uganda’s Susan Kijjagulwe, Ika Lino and Sophie Komujuni at the workshop
The workshop is one of the milestones of the Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism by Enhancing the Capacity of State and Non-State Actors in East Africa” project supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The overall objective of the workshop was two-prong - to enhance the research capacity of young and upcoming scholars and to develop proposals for field research to be commissioned by ICEPCVE.
L to R seated: Djibouti’s Ali Hadi, Gueid Elmi and Kadra Mohamed with ICEPCVE’s Head of Research and Analysis Unit Dr Samuel Teshale (standing)
“The vast knowledge and skill set represented at this workshop is indeed inspiring. I encourage you to continue learning from and challenging each other even when you return to your respective countries. Let us work together to delve deeper into evidence-based analysis and continue to fill the research gaps in this field,” said USAID’s Conflict Mitigation Specialist in Office of Democracy, Governance and Conflict, Razia Kimani.
During the workshop participants analyzed the current challenges posed by violent extremism in their respective countries, formulated research questions and hypotheses, methodology and abstract on country-specific topics and thematic areas pertaining to preventing and countering violent extremism. ICEPCVE will commission and supervise field research to be carried out by the participants from the six countries.
The findings of the field research will be presented at a regional conference to be held in December 2019.