youth have comprised the bulk of recruits to violent extremist groups, they are
also disproportionately affected by violent extremism. Al Shabaab in Kenya and
Boko Haram in Nigeria have capitalized on grievances of deprivation,
disenfranchisement, and lack of opportunity to offer the illusion of solutions,
all while sowing discord and further violence. However, both countries have a
vibrant civil society landscape where youth are working toward economic,
political, and social change to prevent violent extremism.
small grants program is one element of a broader two-year initiative to build the
capacity of youth-led and youth-focused civil society organizations working on
P/CVE in their communities through training and mentorship, deepening existing
networks, and forging new partnerships.
broader program is being implemented in partnership between the Global Center,
KECOSCE, and Carefronting, with support from the U.S. Department of State.
Global Center works with governments, international organizations, and civil
society to develop and implement comprehensive and sustainable responses to
complex international security challenges through collaborative policy
research, context-sensitive programming, and capacity development. Carefronting
is a non-governmental organization founded in 2000 and based in Kaduna,
Nigeria, focusing on peacebuilding, conflict transformation, trauma
consciousness, and P/CVE. KECOSCE is a national non-governmental organization
founded in 2006 that works on research, advocacy, capacity building, and
education programs focusing on human rights and democracy, peace and security,
social enterprises, and natural resources management.
the end of the training and mentoring phase there was a call for proposal to
align with the goals of the broader initiative, projects funded under the small
grants program must meet at least one of the following objectives:
empower, and/or strengthen the capacity of young leaders and civil society organizations
working to prevent and respond to manifestations of insecurity, violence and
violent extremism threatening their communities.
and evaluate innovative pilot projects to address the drivers of insecurity,
violence, and violent extremism at the grassroots level.
the knowledge base on the localized drivers of violent extremism and/or
effectiveness of P/CVE programming at the grassroots level.
the end of the selection process 20 organizations were selected, 10 each from
Kenya and Nigeria. The organizations are:
Semi Arid Health Initiative
Magarini Children Centre
Haki Centre Organization
Inspire Life Amongst Children Youth in Distress
Dream Achievers Youth Organization
Social Welfare Development Project
Alternative to violence trust
Women Promotion Centre
Amani Centre CBO
Society for the Rights of the Excluded and
Centre for Community Actions for Peace and
Bauchi State Network of Civil Society
Center for Community Development and Research
Intercommunity Development Social Organization
Learning through skills acquisition initiative
Teenagers Empowerment Initiative (TEMIN)
African Center for Advocacy and Human Development
Trauma Healing Support Group
New Era Educational and Charitable Support