COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE IN MACEDONIA
The project “Countering Violent Extremism among Young People in Macedonia” focuses on the complementarity of the immediate consequences and effects in Macedonia of the waves of migration and the influx of refugees in recent years on one hand, and the phenomena of radicalization and violent extremism among individuals across different religions and belief systems on another.
Our goal is firstly, to counter the hateful rhetoric towards refugees and the anti-migrant propaganda and secondly, to investigate and analyze the occurrences that lead towards radicalization and violent extremism and how community involvement comes into place with regards to both parts of the project.
With the creation of an online platform where investigative reports, commentaries, interviews and other objective information pieces are shared, followed by an active promotional campaign and strong media presence, we will be countering the hateful rhetoric. Moreover, we are developing an expertise on the topic of community involvement in Macedonia’s counter violent extremism strategy, as well as an analysis on the existing neighborhood council method of community policing in different religion and belief systems.
Our primary target group is the youth (15 – 30 year olds), all of whom will be actively involved in the processes of activity leadership.
In the processes of pursuing our objectives, we are cooperating with local nongovernmental organizations, governmental institutions as well as international organizations.
The project will take place in different regions/municipalities/towns and cities in Macedonia, bearing in mind the different ethnic and religious compositions of these regions/municipalities/towns and is envisaged to last until September 2017, with the possibility of further expanding on some of the aspects and research areas of the project beyond its end.
The project is supported by Youth for Development, Project East from Switzerland and jointly implemented with Associazione Seed, a Swiss nonprofit active in the spheres of education, international development and digital technologies. Seed provides expertise to other nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations for both local activities as well as for international cooperation and development projects.