CPAU organized a two-day conference in Badakhshan Province on Identifying Political and Economic Opportunities for Communities Vulnerable to Radicalization

Identifying Political and Economic Opportunities for Communities Vulnerable to Radicalization is an important aspect of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). Political and economic factors can leave certain communities or individuals susceptible to radicalization and recruitment by violent extremists due to social marginalization, poor governance or denied basic services. Filling this void, radical and extremist groups provide these communities with services, a form of governance, a political voice and a sense of community and identity, in this way recruiting dissatisfied individuals for their violent extremist purposes. In order to prevent this recruitment process, it is of utmost importance for the central government – with the support of external actors such as international donors and aid agencies – to provide vulnerable communities with appropriate political and economic opportunities. However, this requires on-the-ground knowledge of what is needed in particular.

In light of this context, CPAU organized and implemented a two-day event on that topic in Badakhshan Province on February 17 – 18, 2016.

10 qualified speakers with different personal and professional backgrounds have been invited and were offered the opportunity to speak on the issue of identifying political and economic opportunities for communities vulnerable to rationalization on both days. Both sessions were characterized by informative talks, fruitful discussions and the exchange of knowledge and experiences from different perspectives.

During the conference, it has been highlighted that it is essential to create opportunities and to provide basic service programs to all members of society. It was asked for an equal distribution of wealth, education and access to health and security facilities. Some speakers underlined the importance of managing available resources properly in order to develop cities as well as rural areas and to stop migration and resettlement due to lacking development. The keynote speaker also emphasized that the level of political involvement in the decision-making process has to be increased especially for youth. Finally, the best strategy for preventing radicalization has been identified as increasing political engagement, facilitating equal opportunities, the prevention of political alienation, open political debates, freedom of speech and the promotion of peace.
 
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