CVE in Tunisia and Kenya: Working Group Meeting with Saferworld
On June 28th, Saferworld staff presented to the CVE Working Group on new analysis on counter-terror and CVE and case studies from Lamu and Garissa, Kenya and Tunisia with local experts Peter Kiama, Executive Director of the Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU), Kenya, Christopher Wakube Program Manager, Kenya, Lola Aliaga Project Coordinator, MENA, and Larry Attree Head of Policy, UK.
The Tunisia and Keyna case studies sought the perspectives of people who are not always heard on CVE issues. In Tunisia, the population was generally disillusioned and discontent with the state, feeling as though nothing had changed since the uprising. Some thought the government uses the threat of terrorism as a distraction. They felt an alternative discourse wouldn’t solve the problem of extremism. In Kenya, the case studies found extremism is just one symptom of many types of other historical conflict. CVE programs address some factors, but might not get to the deeper issue of land conflict. The experts worry tensions may lead to violence around the upcoming elections.
The working group discussed the implications of these cases. In members’ experience, non-political groups may be more likely to get along with each other, such as civil society organizations and the military/police, than with the government. For counternarrative work, the message must match government actions to be effective.
Meetings like this are one way the CVE Working Group meets its goals of building a large, diverse coalition and creating advocacy strategies. If you would like more information about AfP’s CVE Working Group, or other AfP Affinity Groups, contact Liz Hume, Senior Director for Programs & Strategies, at LHume@allianceforpeacebuilding.org.