A meeting, hosted by the Member of the European Parliament Ana Gomes in cooperation with UNICRI (UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute), will be held on 31 January at the European Parliament. The meeting aims at bringing forward a practical and inclusive discussion on how to better understand the phenomenon of violent extremism, its root causes and level of threat, and how to better prevent and counter it. The event will represent an opportunity to promote a more rational and coherent formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects and programs across the EU.
Within this framework, UNICRI will share insights and first results from a EU DG NEAR funded 4-year programme “Countering Radicalization and Violent Extremism in the Regions of Sahel and Maghreb”. The programme involves more than 70 actions implemented at the local level by civil society organizations in Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Burkina Faso, Chad, Niger, Mali and Mauritania. Focusing on access to justice, inclusiveness, social cohesion, economic independence and community resilience and engagement, the programme’s relevant actions aim at addressing the key drivers to violent extremism and strengthening coherent and effective responses.