UNDP and Sudan National Commission for Counter-Terrorism Sign Agreement on Prevention of Violent ExtremismMay 29, 2017
On 29 May 2017 The United Nations Development Programme in Sudan (UNDP) and the Sudan National Commission for Counter-Terrorism (SNCCT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for collaboration in the area of Prevention of Violent Extremism. Through the collaboration in the context of the MoU, the UNDP and SNCCT intend to address at-risk youth and vulnerable people potential to be affected by extremism and build national, state and civil society’s capacities to prevent and address violent extremism in Sudan.
In response to the increasing trend of violent extremism in Sudan, the Government of Sudan (GoS) established the Sudan National Commission for Counter-Terrorism (SNCCT) in 2014. Since its inception the SNCCT has made significant strides addressing violent extremism.
In 2016, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sudan and the SNCCT agreed to cooperate on strengthening the stability and resilience of citizens who could potentially be radicalized and mobilized to join violent extremists groups, including ‘at-risk’ urban and rural youth. As a means to understand the drivers of radicalization towards violent extremism in Sudan, the UNDP in partnership with the SNCCT and some civil society actors set precedence by undertaking an evidence based and gender inclusive study on the trend of violent extremism in Sudan in 2016-17. In total, 380 key people were interviewed, including former members from the Islamic State and former Guantanamo Bay prisoners, their families, community members and leaders
“On behalf of the Government of Sudan and the Sudanese people I’m glad to formalize this cooperation that has already began. Together we will have a plan of action that will include other institutions, we can now pave the way forward as this is just the beginning, special thanks goes to UNDP, we have witnessed good collaboration since the beginning that has encouraged us to work further within the framework of government institution” said Dr. Mohamed Gamal director of SNCCT
A preventing and countering violent extremism initiative, the Partnering Against Violent Extremism (PAVE) programme is set to run for a 3-year period and was officially launched in March, 2017. The partnership between the SNCCT and UNDP will support the development of a National Strategy and Policy for Prevention/Countering of Violent Extremism (P/CVE) that addresses capacity development, continuation of in-depth research, strategic communications and advocacy, as well as gender and youth as programme pillars. The aims of the programme include facilitating disengagement, rehabilitation and reintegration to counter re-occurrence and to prevent recruitment and radicalization towards violent extremism. The PAVE Programme includes several components and a research agenda for continued learning and P/CVE application in Sudan and internationally.
Another successful outcome of this partnership is the realization of a movie as part of advocacy efforts under the PAVE programme. Based on real events, the film ‘IMAN’ presents four intimate stories of the path towards violent extremism and puts a human face to the issue. The aim of this production is to convey a unified impactful message on the understanding of radicalization and its negative affiliation with possible reasons for joining violent extremism. The production targets youth and citizens who have potential to be affiliated with the violent extremism groups and will be screened around Sudan and uploaded through social media channels. The aim of the film is not limited to sensitization but is expected to spread the call for dialogue, at Sudan level and also support regional and global initiatives of on this subject.
Dr. Selva Ramachandran, UNDP Sudan Country Director reiterated the value of this partnership “Without this joint collaboration and mutual trust, we would not have completed a study and a film” Dr.Selva thanked all the commission members present, youth groups and other institutions that were involved.
All the key activities such as development of PVE national strategy, extension of the study, strategic communications, capacity development, and disengagement, rehabilitation and reintegration of at-risk youth and gender responsive approach will be carried out within the framework of MoU agreed between UNDP and SNCCT.