Violent extremism (VE) threatens the security and fundamental rights of peaceful living. Not only are youth highly affected by VE, they also are essential actors in contributing to preventing violent extremism (PVE) and peacebuilding work. Youth resilience is very much dependent on social, political, and economic factors.
The EU funded ALLY project amplifies young people’s constructive voices and agency in addressing diverse factors of violent extremist narratives in South Asia. Building on the ALLY training workshop, and their personal experience, youth spent eight months developing policy recommendations for South Asia.
The policy recommendations relate to strengthening the youth peace building sector in South Asia and specific countries as a mechanism for enhancing and broadening PVE activities throughout the region.
The policy recommendations were produced by the ALLY youth researchers through an eight-month participatory research with multiple stakeholders, and with further contributions from ALLY staff and fellows, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the EU.
About the ALLY Project
ALLY – Amplifying Leadership of Local Youth – intends to amplify young people’s constructive voices and agency in addressing diverse factors of violent extremist narratives in South Asia, particularly in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. It is a 30-month program funded by the EU, launched in March 2020, and implemented by The Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers with a consortium of partners: UNOY Peacebuilders, Finn Church Aid, Youth Development Foundation, Sri Lanka Unites, Rural Development Society, and Center for Communication and Development. Combined, the consortium carries 100+ years of experience in youth-driven peacebuilding and capacity development.