The annual iDove Intercontinental Youth Forums provide a valuable platform for young activists, academics, creatives & policy makers from all over Africa and Europa to share experiences, ideas and knowledge on constructive strategies to prevent violent extremism.
This year's Third Intercontinental Youth Forum will focus on the current challenge of rehabilitating and reintegrating (R&R) foreign fighters and other returnees.
Taking returnees into account when designing Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) strategies has become more and more pressing in recent years as thousands of foreign fighters have been relocating to their home communities. Foreign fighters are strongly exposed to violent extremism ideologies, with many having witnessed or actively participated in acts of violence. Whether actively involved in fighting and violence or not, all returnees will require assistance in addressing the drivers that led to their involvement with violent extremism as well as in (again) assuming productive roles in society.
iDove was jointly launched by the African Union Citizens and Diaspora Directorate (AUC-CIDO) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH to highlight the importance of the soft power of religion in PVE through innovative, youth-led approaches.
Please find further information and application modalities in the attached flyer.