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Identifying and Preventing Violent Extremism in Bangladesh

We support local organizations to better understand how, where and why violent extremism emerges

Although there is a growing body of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and Violent Extremism (VE) research and literature, there is limited knowledge and understanding about the emerging trends and drivers of VE within Bangladesh.

To address this need, USAID/Bangladesh established a quick-response mechanism to support activities that understand and challenge the drivers of violent extremism.

Awarded in 2017, we are implementing Obirodh: Road to Tolerance in partnership with Democracy International.

The project is built upon an active learning model that is intended to test the existing body of CVE hypotheses and research and determine which approaches are most suited for the Bangladeshi context. The research contributes to the design of pilot activities that remain fast, collaborative, and innovative in addressing VE, as well as contribute lessons learned and best practices to a growing community of practice.

We are helping local organizations and key actors develop adaptable programs that identify and prevent violent extremism in their communities and remain flexible as changes in their communities arise. We’re achieving this through small grants to a number of Bangladeshi organizations.

These organizations engage in numerous activities, ranging from encouraging community dialogue on strategies to prevent VE to crafting and disseminating counter-narrative campaigns promoting tolerance and inclusion to offset recruitment messaging.