21 November 2016 – Amman: Generations For Peace today announced a new partnership to implement a two year research project led by the Generations For Peace Insitute aiming to enhance knowledge about programmatic interventions that bolster individual and community resilience to violent extremism in Tunisia.
The research project will add value to Generations For Peace’s programme launched in October which covers six governorates in Tunisia and aims to strengthen youth resilience to violent extremism through positive sport and arts activities. Generations For Peace Institute will work with Tunisian Youth Development Academy (TYDA) utilising various data collection methods to capture the behaviours and attitudes of marginalised youth from disadvantaged areas who are most vulnerable to radicalisation and recruitment by extremist groups.
Highlighting the importance of this partnership, Jadranka Stikovac Clark, Director of the Generations For Peace Institute, said: “This important support from United States Institute of Peace is a great opportunity for us to acquire vital information to deepen our knowledge of the communities we are working in, the challenges they face, and the impact and sustainability of our programmes. This will help ensure effective implementation of our programmes in Tunisia now and in the future. Moreover, through the project we will build local capacity in data collection and research, giving Tunisian staff and volunteers greater skills and insight to move forward with their mission to strengthen their communities’ resilience to violent extremism.”
Raya Barazanji, Senior Program Officer with oversight of this project says “One of USIP’s grantmaking priorities is to support research on best approaches and practices of countering violent extremism and the prevention of violent conflict. This grant project will provide a solid understanding of the inter-group dynamics and positive changes which empower marginalized youth groups to provide new narratives in countering violent extremism, as well as a sense of meaning, agency, and belonging.”
According to the reports by the United Nations and Soufan Group, between 5,500 and 7,000 Tunisians – mostly men and women between the ages of 18 and 35 – have joined jihadist organisations in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, and Mali as foreign terrorist fighters. Generations For Peace programme activities in Tunisia are in partnership with the Tunisian Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Youth and Sport.