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Preventing and Responding to Violent Extremism in Africa

April 7, 2016 - April 7, 2016
UNDP Washington
The United Nations Development Programme and the International Interfaith Peace Corps invite you to attend

Preventing and Responding to Violent Extremism in Africa: A Development Approach  

Ozonnia Ojielo
Regional Cluster Director for Governance and Peacebuilding
UNDP Regional Service Center for Africa, Addis Ababa  

Mohamed Yahya
Regional Program Coordinator 
UNDP Regional Service Center for Africa, Addis Ababa

Imam Mohamed Hag Magid
Chairman, International Interfaith Peace Corps
Chief Imam, All Dulles Area Muslim Society 

Melanie Greenberg
President and CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding

Moderator:Mohamed Elsanousi
Secretariat and Director of External Relations 
Network of Religious and Traditional Peacemakers


Since 2011, an estimated 4000 terrorist attacks in Africa have caused 33,000 deaths. The Boko Haram insurgency has internally displaced 1.2 million people in Nigeria, and forced more than 200,000 to flee to Chad, Niger, and Cameroon.

Violent extremism represents a growing threat to Africa's hard-won development gains and poses a significant challenge to the achievement of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. While security responses can be somewhat successful in blunting terrorist attacks, their success will be limited unless the drivers and causes of violent extremism are meaningfully addressed

Listen to ongoing efforts and learn about UNDP's regional initiative, which aims to complement ongoing security efforts and outline a development approach that addresses underlying factors of violent extremism in Africa.