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ActionAid on the frontline to fight violent extremism in Nigeria

A step forward in contrasting the roots of youth and adult radicalization.

ActionAid Nigeria

In occasion of a one-day table advocacy meeting that took place in September in Lokoja, Anicetus Atakpu, Residence Programme Coordinator of ActionAid Nigeria, announced the establishment of a new partnership with the Koji Youth Development Commission. ActionAid’s “System and Structure Strengthening Against Radicalisation to Violent Extremism” (SARVE) Project, which has been implemented between 2016 and 2018, has ensured great results. For this reason, ActionAid decided to continue with its action to contrast violent radicalization.

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Our effort

SARVE 2 will start its activities in March 2020: the two-year programme targets 9,200 youths, 10,200 women and 22,500 members of 5 Communities (Ofuloko, Okpakpata, Osara, Aku/Osaragada & Fulani) and two local government areas (Adavi & Igalamela/Odolu).

Contrary to the prevalent opinion of associating violent extremism to religious and tribal differences, many of the violent conflicts in Nigeria are triggered by economic, social, and political factors: recently, these incidences of conflicts have become more complex with the rise in violent extremism. In order to address these issues, ActionAid Nigeria will soon engage 750 youths annually across the state to acquire skills to address drivers of violent extremism. The project aims to support communities to build resilience and train them to use available resources to prevent radicalization.

Find more about how ActionAid’s SARVE project contrasted violent radicalization in Nigeria over the past three years.