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Hadin kai domin zaman lafiya (Uniting for peace)

Strengthening youth’s resilience to violent extremism in Borno State

Historical political disenfranchisement, socio-cultural marginalisation of certain demographic groups and economic impoverishment over several decades created fertile ground for the Boko Haram insurgency group to find its place in northeast Nigeria. Formally called Jama’atul ahl al-sunnah li da’awati wal jihad.

The overall goal of this project is to reduce the risk of recruitment of young people, in five target communities in Borno state, northeast Nigeria, by Boko Haram.

Alert has been operating in these communities for several years and has key community entry points and an evidence base from which to draw on to understand the conflict and social dynamics.

We will work with local entrepreneurs and economic actors to set up a scheme for youth employment. We will support young men and women to engage in activities of communal benefit and engage with community leaders to increase opportunities for these young people to participate in local decision-making to give them a greater sense of agency and accountability in their community. We will establish peace clubs that build the capacity of teachers and parents/guardians to engage with children in age-appropriate activities that encourage social cohesion with their peers from different backgrounds.

The project hopes to strengthen incentives for individuals at risk of recruitment to contribute constructively to their communities. It will work towards reducing the appeal of joining violent extremist groups, by increasing their capacity to mitigate conflict and promoting peaceful methods for addressing grievances. The project also seeks to support communities to become more socially and economically inclusive.

It started in October 2019 and will end in May 2021.