About this research project

Strategies and initiatives focused on youth, interreligious dialogue and prevention of violent extremism in Niger

Niger is a secular country with a Muslim majority. The communities live in harmonious peace and cultivate the spirit of living together regardless of ethnic or religious differences. Freedom of worship is a reality in the country. However, in recent decades, the State of Niger has faced the problem of violent extremism, particularly among young people. A phenomenon that results from several factors.

To deal with this situation and in the context of preserving social cohesion and tolerance between the different religious communities, the government has developed strategies in terms of freedom of worship and the fight and prevention against radicalization and violent extremism.

This study sought to explore these strategies and identify existing initiatives and structures within the framework of interfaith dialogue for the prevention of violent extremism with a particular focus on the involvement of youth. The report of this study presents the essential content of these strategies, as well as the three main structures identified which integrate interreligious dialogue, PVE and youth into their programs.

“This project helped me in increasing my skills in research, data analysis and negotiation ethics. It boosted my love of research and curiosity. I also met important managers of projects in my country and made a very nice network of young researchers and an amazing team of facilitators from JLI.

Mamane Yachaou, Researcher

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