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GCSP to join expert workshop on preventing violent extremism

GCSP Deputy Director Prof. Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou will deliver the keynote address for the Vocational Skills Development in the context of Violent Extremism workshop, from 16-17 March 2016. The event is organized by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC.

The two day workshop, hosted by the IHEID-Geneva at the Maison de la paix will bring together global experts on terrorism and regional development to explore the relationship between vocational training and conflict prevention. Joining the panelists are Shannon Green, Director and Senior Fellow, Human Rights Initiative, Centre for Strategic and International Studies CSIS, Roger Denzer, Head of the Staff of the Directorate of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC, and Marc Probst, Executive Director of the Swiss Academy for Development SAD.

Each roundtable will focus on a specific problematic, which will then be addressed by the panel chair and followed by presentation of independent research. The workshop is organized around several thematic, notably:

Targeting: expert panel will address different types of beneficiaries for PVE and poverty reduction, and how to reach them. The objective is gaining a better understanding of who are the groups at risk, and how to avoid the problems of exclusive targeting and discrimination against non-prioritised groups. 

Delivery: expert panel will address what kind of training and which skills are needed to improve young people’s resilience and social cohesion. The aim is to understand the skill-sets that are needed and the design of training. As traditional education and training alone are not effective at preventing violent extremism in young people, there is need to consider the context of their social development needs.

Integration: expert panel will address how skills development programmes can help graduates enter the workforce and integrate into society. There is strong concern that well-trained but unemployed young people are vulnerable to radicalization and violent extremism. Discussion will thus focus on designing development programmes in such a way as to open realistic pathways to employment and income generation.