MSI Awarded Bangladesh Counter Violent Extremism Work

To help counter violent extremism in Bangladesh, a problem that has grown dramatically over the past three years, USAID awarded Management Systems International (MSI) a project to support civil society and communities to better understand why and how people become radicalized, and to combat those realities.

Activities of the project, named Obirodh (a Bangla term meaning “harmony and peace”), will include research into the drivers of violent extremism (VE) in Bangladesh, partnerships with local organizations to pilot countering VE activities, and positive alternatives to the narratives of violent extremist organizations. The three-year task order falls under USAID’s Programming Effectively Against Conflict and Extremism (PEACE) indefinite quantity contract.

As described in the publication Foreign Affairs, “[Bangladesh’s] deep secular traditions have never been more vulnerable thanks to Islamist extremists’ increasing inroads into society.”

For nearly a decade, MSI has been a recognized thought leader on countering violent extremism (CVE), and has undertaken CVE and/or CVE-relevant analytics, monitoring and evaluation, and implementation work for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, INGOs, the U.S Department of State and USAID. VE analytics have been carried out in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Central Asia, and we have implemented CVE and CVE-relevant projects in Mali, Syria, Lebanon and Morocco.

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