Issues of prevention of violent extremism and radicalization of the youth discussed in Ashgabat

Issues of prevention of violent extremism and radicalization of the youth discussed in Ashgabat

A third regional dialogue on development of efficient programs of cooperation and policy of prevention of violent extremism started its work.

The event is organized within the framework of the regional project on “Strengthening Community Resilience and Regional Cooperation to Prevent Violent Extremism in Central Asia” (2018-2020). The project, which is financed by the government of Japan and realized by the UNDP, is aimed at facilitation of enhancement of resilience of vulnerable groups of youth by betterment of their social-economic status.

The project is designed to creation of opportunities for employment and social integration of young people. Indeed, absence of an opportunity for earning among the youth is one of the main factors of radicalization and growth of tendency to violent extremism.

The project will also facilitate implementation of the state youth policy of Turkmenistan and the program for improvement of employment and creation of new job places for 2015-2020.

The regional dialogue provides a platform for exchange of knowledge and advanced practice for representatives of state bodies, UNDP country offices as well as interested sides of civil societies and independent international experts.

A first dialogue held in Bishkek on September 12-13, was focused on creation of a road map for research and actual basics of violent extremism in Central Asia. At the second meeting in Almaty the interrelation between integration of the youth and prevention of violent extremism was discussed.

Ayna BERDIYEVA