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HOW TO CREATE A SOCIAL MEDIA STORM

Social media is no man’s land but a level playing field with no or minimal censorship. At just one click, we are free to post, share and read whatever content, whether true or false, propaganda or extremist. From politics, world news to pop culture and achievement, every day we are ...
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TELL ME A STORY: VIDEO MESSAGES TO CHALLENGE AND UNDERMINE VIOLENT EXTREMIST IDEOLOGIES

Inspiring visuals. Scripts with impact. Cohesive video messages that provide alternative and counter narratives against violent extremist ideologies.” These words sum up remarks by US Ambassador to Djibouti H. E. Larry André when he joined participants during a gallery presentation of three short videos produced by teams represented from the ...
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PARTNERSHIPS TO STRENGTHEN STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS

ICEPCVE-UNOCT Strategic Communications Training Workshop, 27th - 28th May 2019, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Representatives from the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Center (UNCCT) and the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Directorate (UN-CTED) joined staff from the IGAD Centre of Excellence for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (ICEPCVE) at a two-day co-design workshop from 27th to ...
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Alternative Narratives using Illustrations and Infographics

Colorful sketch illustrations and elaborate infographics on display at the workshop venue marked the end of a three-day workshop – Intermediate Training in Strategic Communication: Developing Alternative and Counter Narratives. The materials were developed by 17 participants from IGAD Member States plus Tanzania between 17th and 19th June 2019 in ...
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HARD DECISIONS

Decisions, decisions, decisions.Do I, do I not? Shall I choose this university or the other; shall I take up this or that job offer; should I start a small business selling vegetables or join my uncle’s transport business; should I really sell mandazi to get school fees or should I ...
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WHAT IF TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION BECOME MEDIUM OF PEACE INSTEAD OF SOURCES OF CONFLICT?

Reflection by Mujuni Baitani There has not been great time in the world like the time we have now. One of achievement we have in this century is the power of technology and innovation that connects us. Technology and innovations has lead to advancements in healthcare, education, business, music, governance, ...
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AFRICA’S DEFINING CHALLENGE

Africa has the youngest population in the world, and it’s growing fast. By 2055, the continent’s youth population (aged 15-24), is expected to be more than double the 2015 total of 226 million. Yet the continent remains stubbornly inhospitable – politically, economically, and socially – to young people. The success ...
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A KENYAN APPROACH TO PREVENTING VIOLENT EXTREMISM

International actors from the United Nations to the European Union are increasingly recognizing the role of women and women’s organizations in efforts to counter and prevent violent extremism. Still, much of the international debate focuses on the small number of women who join violent extremist groups, rather than the women ...
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WHY THE U.S. MUST STAND BY SOMALIA AT ITS TURNING POINT IN FIGHTING AL-SHABAB AND ISIS

Somalia is at a turning point, in need of a sustainable resolution to decades of instability and threatened by militants including the Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Shabab and a splinter of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS). It needs the help of the United States. The United States government must increase financial, ...
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