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South & Southeast Asia

2021

Amplifying Youth-Led Peacebuilding in South Asia

The ALLY report is a significant contribution to the expanding body of knowledge in the field of youth, peace, and security (YPS). The study marks the first comprehensive analysis of youth-led peacebuilding specific to the South Asia region, as understood from the perspective of youth peacebuilders (YPBs).

2021

Education & Freedom of Religion or Belief in South & Southeast Asia

The brief explores several approaches to educating about religions and beliefs and concludes with recommendations addressed to policymakers, curriculum specialists, and teacher trainers. Schools are social institutions where a child spends a significant time of their life. Public schools, in particular, are also microcosms of societies where both national ethos and social needs are negotiated through the interplay between the curriculum and pedagogy.

2021

Religious Minorities & Freedom of Religion or Belief in South & Southeast Asia

Women and other gendered minorities within religious minority communities are often especially vulnerable. The brief explores specific country cases and outlines recommendations that could be helpful for policymakers, human rights advocates, and peacebuilders in setting priorities and initiating meaningful actions at the regional and national levels. 

Read in Burmese or Bengali

2021

Gender Rights & Freedom of Religion or Belief in South & Southeast Asia

With gender equality as one of the most significant cross-cutting themes in development, humanitarian work, and peacebuilding, bridging divides that often separate women’s movements and their advocates from others has special importance. This brief will provide a helpful understanding of the interdependent relationship between gender equality rights and FoRB rights.

Read in Burmese or Bengali

2021

Media, State Control, & Freedom of Religion or Belief in South & Southeast Asia

Media has long shaped narratives about the political and social impacts of religion. Today, religion is highly mediatized and so how religion is portrayed in media thus requires closer attention. This brief provides a comparative analysis of media landscapes and major issues that hinder, prevent, or support religious freedom in South and Southeast Asian countries and is directed to peacebuilders and policymakers at country and regional levels.

2021

Religious Resource Guide South & Southeast Asia

Although human communities in all parts of the world have always had a variety of forms of social arrangements to live together in tolerable peace, the need for internationally accepted principles, values, and agreements was deeply felt after the First and Second World Wars. This guide is of faith-based sources in support of citizenship, fundamental freedoms, and vulnerable communities in South & Southeast Asia.

2021

Supporting Efforts in Engaging with Local Religious & Traditional Leaders in Burkina Faso & Mali

Since 2012, instability in the Sahel has contributed to ongoing humanitarian crises, insecurity, and illicit activities. Moreover, instability in Mali and Burkina Faso sponsored the growth of a large number of violent extremist actors, criminal groups, and a host of armed actors. This report suggests three foundational recommendations and three technical recommendations on how international and national peacebuilding actors can support traditional and religious authorities and social groups.

2019

Freedom of Religion or Belief: Thailand 

This brief is one of six background notes prepared for the July 2019 Expert Seminar in Bangkok, Thailand, which was organized as part of the project Southeast Asia: Advancing Inter-Religious dialogue and Freedom of Religion or Belief (SEA-AIR). Below you will find 5 more country profile reports: Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and a regional report.

Sri Lanka

Myanmar

Indonesia

Bangladesh

Regional

Sub-saharan africa

2020

Education & Boko Haram in Nigeria

Boko Haram arose in Nigeria’s northeast, which is mostly Muslim and has poor educational outcomes relative to the south. This paper uses an interdisciplinary approach to examine the relationship between education and Boko Haram. It consists of i) a quantitative analysis of public opinion survey data, and ii) a qualitative approach in the field of countering extremism during a September 2019 field visit to Nigeria, as well as a study of textbooks and curricula and a review of the broader historical narratives in the country.

2020

Kenyan Criminal Justice System & Rates of Violent Extremism

Violent extremism continues to be an issue of global concern. Kenya, in particular, has experienced numerous terrorist attacks in the last decade, which in addition to fatalities, have resulted in massive economic losses with a long-term impact on foreign direct investment. The main objective of the research project is to advance a deeper understanding of ways in which violent extremist organizations use the breakdown of trust between local communities and the state and criminal justice system to harness support for their activities and to recruit individuals at risk.

2019

Knowledge Gaps on Religious Literacy

This is a summary of the baseline survey, Gaps on religious literacy and constitutional rights, especially on freedom of religion and belief, within Kenya. This project seeks to overcome the human rights violations suffered by religious minorities and African Traditional Religious Communities. The objective of this project is to address the problems affecting the full enjoyment of rights by the Muslim minority and the African Traditional Religions (ATR) communities in Kenya.

2017

Radicalization & Boko Haram

This report, derived from interviews with 1607 ordinary Nigerian citizens, 60 individuals representing civil society working in Boko Haram-affected areas, and 130 former Boko Haram members in Adamawa and Borno States in Nigeria in December 2015, explores people’s perceptions of why and how individuals become involved in Boko Haram and compare these perceptions to empirical evidence.

2017

Understanding Nigerian Citizens’ Perspectives on Boko Haram

This study specifically sought to understand people’s perspectives as to why Boko Haram exists, how they perceive vulnerability and how the Nigerian government should respond to the crisis. The ultimate objective of the study was to fill an important void in the search for solutions to the Boko Haram problem by offering empirically informed policy recommendations to the Nigerian government and other actors involved in the fight against Boko Haram.

2017

Boko Haram & Violent Extremism

This policy brief presents the results of a field-based study on peacebuilders’ perspectives of the drivers of violent extremism; and the underlying socio-economic and political factors that influence individuals to join Boko Haram. The main purpose of this part of the study was to understand, from the perspective of ‘peacebuilders’; why people join Boko Haram; and, particularly, the underlying political, socio-economic, and demographic dynamics that influence their decision to join the group.

2017

Money Talks

This policy brief is an overview of key findings from a study aimed at understanding violent extremism in northern Nigeria and identifying factors that are key in Boko Haram recruitment and membership. This analysis contributes to knowledge about the political and socio-economic preferences of the individuals involved in the group. This policy brief highlights one of the major findings of the study, namely the perception that financial incentives, not religion, are a key motivator for individuals who join Boko Haram.

2016

Radicalization & Al-Shabaab Recruitment in Somalia

Effective counter-radicalization strategies should be based on an empirical understanding of why people join terrorist organizations. This study is based on the belief that counter-radicalization strategies should be informed by a better understanding of why people join terrorist organizations.

Europe & middle east

2021

Strengthening the security and resilience of at-risk religious sites and communities 

The right to practice faith, and maintain and communicate religious beliefs are fundamental human rights. This report provides information regarding the security of places of worship religious demographics, legislation concerning church-state relations, threat picture, and adopted national policies to mitigate hate crimes.

2021

Reach Out 3 Project Final Report

Reach Out 3 is part of the Finnish National Action Plan for Preventing Violent Radicalization and Extremism 2019-2023. The work supports local and national stakeholders, authorities, civil society actors, and faith communities to better address the needs of families and individuals affected by radicalization and extremism.

2021

When a Family Member Becomes Radicalized

Research undertaken in this project explores the support needs and experiences of families and communities affected by violent extremism, and support services provided by authorities, the public sector, and communities to address support needs.

2017

Demystifying Religion in Mediation

This baseline is used as a tool for future joint planning among Network Members and Partners. As a result of the research process, AAI, in collaboration with CSS/ETH-Zurich, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, and the responsibility for developing curriculums and conducting courses addressing the role of religion and secularity in conflict.

2017

Mapping the State of Play Institutional & Community Involvement in Countering Violent Extremism in Kosovo

This report identifies the key drivers of extremism in Kosovo follow- ing a holistic assessment. While there is the political will to counter violent extremism – at least compared to a lack of willingness to fight corruption and organized crime – the results to date are limited. The main results are identified from the work of law enforcement bodies, which appear to be by far the most proactive institutions working in countering and preventing violent extremism.

2015

Reforming UN Mediation Through Inclusion of Traditional Peacemakers

The interlinkage of migration, conflicts, and extremism may create a vicious cycle that spins off to destabilize Europe along with the rest of the world. It is likely that decision-makers in the European Union and the United States have not yet fully realized the extent of the challenges that the European region is now facing and the magnitude of responses required.

Global

2020

Dialogue in Peacebuilding

With gender equality as one of the most significant cross-cutting themes in development, humanitarian work, and peacebuilding, bridging divides that often separate women’s movements and their advocates from others has special importance. This brief will provide a helpful understanding of the interdependent relationship between gender equality rights and FoRB rights.

Read in Arabic 

2019

Partnering with Local Faith Actors to Support Peace

This study seeks to distill learning about the roles played by LFAs in facilitating, leading, and advocating for peaceful and inclusive societies and to provide evidence-based recommendations to guide engagement and partnerships between LFAs and international actors (non-governmental organizations, bilateral governments, and multilateral institutions).

2019

USIP Religious Peacebuilding Action Guides

These Action Guides provide a practical overview of the religious peacebuilding field and the role religion plays in driving both conflict and peace, examples of how religious actors and institutions have contributed to the prevention and resolution of conflict, and considerations for how best to engage the religious sector in peacebuilding.

2018

Mapping on Approaches to Reconciliation

Systematic mapping of all the activities described as “reconciliation” would be an enormous task. In this short report, Prof Simon Keyes offers a selection of theoretical ideas and illustrative case studies designed to broaden the debate amongst practitioners and scholars about the central principles and practices which constitute effective reconciliation.

2016

Tradition & Faith-Oriented Insider Mediators in Conflict Transformation

This study stems from an observation made by The Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers that in certain conflict contexts religious and traditional peacemakers exhibit remarkable potential as mediators, and that they may have specific mediation support needs that, if met, could further enhance their contribution to peacemaking.

Read in Arabic.

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