CVE Youth Blast 2016

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The International Youth Action Against Terrorism (IYAAT) is convening the 2016 edition of the CVE Youth Blast. This annual event organized by the International Youths Action Against Terrorism to review the CVE programs, projects and initiatives taken during the year and to draw lessons from them for the following year.

Although CVE has made positive developments globally, the term ‘extremism’ in Kenya denotes an unpleasantness and labels youths in a manner that has triggered negativity towards CVE efforts. It has further caused youths to dissociate with organizations that promote CVE. Currently, there is real concern among Kenyan civil society organizations that radicalization into violent extremism among Kenyan youth is expanding at a time when Kenya is nearing an election in August 2017 and ethnic tensions are, consequently, intensifying.

IYAAT’s work in this area is being undertaken within the framework of its ongoing efforts to understand the driving factorsof university/college students to radicalization, and support country implementation CVE initiatives of target to university/college students.

Date and location

August 7th Memorial Park, Nairobi CBD

Friday 28th October 2016, 

13:00 hrs. TO 16:00 hrs.


This year’sCVE Youth Blast is set out to give university students and CVE stakeholders a chance to measure the reception levels of the CVE efforts made, outline their respective positions and present recommendations.

Moving into the election year with the understanding of Kenya’s political economy, the 2016 CVE Youth Blast seeks to build a common understanding among the CVE practitioners from around Kenya of the best interventions and approaches that are needed to ensure that their efforts contribute appropriately and effectively to the prevention of violent extremism.

Radicalization in Kenyan universities and colleges thrives on the progressive disposition of an individual (student) towards seeking rebellion and recognition on social push and pull factors that affect his/her background and/or individual growth.


The specific objectives of the International Conference are the following:

  • To identify appropriate actions and enable identifying areas of synergy, eliminating non-essential activities and opening avenues that will improve efficiency of inclusion;
  • To network CVE stakeholders in order to facilitate global learning and research as well as effective implementation of country commitments;
  • To directly link the voices of the youth within Kenya to CVE Practitioners and policy-makers.


The 2016 CVE Youth Blast will convene over one day in interactive plenary sessions and working group (ICT for CVE Workshop) in order to provide participants with the opportunity to dialogue, exchange good practices and establish contacts.


Participants will mainly be officials responsible for, or engaged in, P/CVE related work. Experts, representatives of CSOs and NGOs, as well as youth, mainly drawn from Kenyan universities/colleges. Between 150 and 200 participants are expected to attend, from all regions of the country. Government ministry officials related to youths and security issues are also expected to attend.

Organizing Partners

  • International Youth Action Against Terrorism;
  • YADEN East Africa;
  • Street Radio;
  • African Initiative for Women in Africa (AIWA);
  • Extremely United;
  • Motisha Foundation;
  • YELI

Expected outputs and Follow-up 

The CVE Youth Blastis expected to generate the following outputs and follow up measures:

  • Key policy recommendations on P/CVE identified for the election year of 2017;
  • Country-level activities in P/CVE mobilized and capacity building needs identified;
  • The Centers for youth dialogues project (November 2016 to July 2017)
  • Networking on PVE-E implementation and research facilitated.

Focus topics

The CVE Youth Blast 2016 hence intends to build discussions on the following topics:

  1. Opportunities to partner with youths/university students to counter violent extremism;

Discussion points

  • Exploring the challenges associated with project adaptability and scalability;
  • Understanding the relationship between CVE programming and broader capacity building/development efforts – is it an independent activity or is CVE a new label imposed on pre-existing programmes?
  • Development of vocational and trade-based skills for university students;
  • How existing local frameworks could be improved to more efficiently exploit global-local synergies.
  1. Producing and amplifying new narratives;

Discussion points

  • What is the role of women in designing and implementing soft-power CVE programming; are there gender discrepancies in groups requiring intervention? Is the issue of radicalization amongst women being adequately addressed by existing CVE frameworks?
  • The role of victims of terrorism and how to promote their stories on platforms that will reach at-risk youth;
  • Discerning between ethnic/political-based violence from terrorism, and possible avenues of capitalization of one over the other.
  1. Lessons learned from across the field on youth recruitment and radicalization to violence;

Discussion points

  • The importance of following up security operations to clear militant groups with P/CVE;
  • Comparing the conduct, applicability and success of CVE projects in different contexts including; conflict zones, fragile post conflict communities and stable societies at risk of radicalization;
  • Weaknesses of current CVE programing: university/college students’ context.


The workshops will focus on innovation ICT projects, ideas and/or programs that are innovative to the CVE process, and preceded by a call for applications targeted to register youth tech-preneursfor the workshop. The Workshop will follow a “presentation and discussion” format to encourage interactive discussion among participants and will focus on two key aspects of the exploitation of ICT and Media by terrorists:

  • The ongoing trends, threats and challenges related to the exploitation of the internet and social media by violet extremists; and
  • The need for collaboration between the public and private sector to promote safety and positive speech.

The overall goal of this workshop is to inform the position of the CVE practitioners to implement intelligent use of the internet resources in facilitating the dissemination of counter-narratives and alternative messages and empower civil society voices, including university students, as credible and valuable conveyers of counter-narratives.

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