The Embassy of Switzerland in Abuja and Centre for Democracy and Development are jointly organizing a series of four “Swiss Political Forums” on “Approaches to dealing with violent extremism: the case of North-eastern Nigeria”. These bring together seasoned experts and key stakeholders to intellectually discuss and practically analyze the push and pull factors, as well as approaches to preventing and countering violent extremism within the Nigerian context.
The Forums also aim to provide an avenue for knowledge sharing and experience learning, and intend to avail at the end of the series a consolidated report with policy recommendations to Government and others working to address the security challenges in North-eastern Nigeria. This series of logically sequenced forums are:
- Doctrinal Analysis and Development of Counter Narratives (was held on 17 February 2016);
- Options to End Violent Extremism in North-eastern Nigeria (3 May 2016);
- Amnesty vs Justice – Reconciliation in the Context of the North East (6 September 2016);
- Individual Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (end of September 2016 – tbc).
These Forums are also in line with Switzerland’s support to and engagement in the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF), which works in partnership with governments, civil society, and the private sector to support national strategies to address local drivers of violent extremism.