Integrating Conservative Religious Actors in CVE

In light of the growing threat of violent religious extremism in the sub-Saharan Africa, ICRD has been exploring innovative strategies to counter the appeal of Jihadi-Salafi groups like Al-Shabaab. Specifically, ICRD aims to critically examine the constructive role that might played by conservative religious actors – who often possess unique influence with and access to those at-risk of radicalization. Drawing on field research with Salafi and other conservative religious actors (imams, religious students, and educators), ICRD has been developing recommendations for national and international policymakers and practitioners on how to more effectively integrate a range of religious actors and institutions into future initiatives.

In Ethiopia, ICRD is currently in the process of gathering data from a range of religious actors (including Salafis, Islamists, and others) from across the country, in partnership with a team of local researchers. The findings of this study are forthcoming.


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