Side events


Date and time: 3 May 2018; 12:00-13:30

Venue: National Library of Tajikistan


The European Union is supporting since 2015 Hedayah, the Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism, with the program STRIVE-Strengthening Resilience to Violent Extremism-. The overall objective of this program is to build the capacity of state and non-state actors to effectively challenge radicalization and recruitment to terrorism while continuing to respect human rights and international law and, more specifically, to work with local partners to design, implement and develop approaches that have a demonstrable impact on the threat posed by radicalization and recruitment to terrorism. The mandate of STRIVE Global Program is global and one of the targeted geographic areas is Central Asia.

This side event will introduce the audience to the “CVE Cycle” (i.e. the different stages in the process of radicalization) and showcase possible CVE responses according to the specific stage. Two specific case studies in Kyrgyzstan will be presented by Hedayah’s local partners: Civil Initiative on Internet Policy and Mutakallim.

Then, participants will learn about Hedayah’s Monitoring, Measurement and Evaluation framework and the new Smart Phone/computer Application, MASAR, a key instrument to design effective interventions, ensuring a measurable impact.    




12:00 – 12:10

Opening Speeches:

Mr. Gilles de Kerchove, EU Counter Terrorism Coordinator

H.E. Mr. Maqsoud Kruse. Hedayah Executive Director 

12:10 – 12:20 Introduction to STRIVE Global program (Hedayah). Ms. Irene Belmonte, Hedayah STRIVE Global Program Manager
12:20 – 12:40 The CVE cycle. Ms. Cristina Mattei, Hedayah Senior Program Associate
12:40 – 13:10

Presentation of two case studies in Kyrgyzstan:

Case Study 1: “Supporting youth resilience to online propaganda of violent extremism in Kyrgyzstan”. Mr. Erlan Sadyrbaev, Program Manager and Mr. Asommidin Atoev, Project Assistant. Civil Initiative on Internet Policy

Case Study 2: “Countering radicalization among women in Jalal-Abad and Chui oblasts”. Ms. Zhamal Frontbek, Project Manager and Ms. Aigerim Musaeva, Project Assistant. MUTAKALLIM

13:10 – 13:25 Presentation of Hedayah Monitoring, Measurement and Evaluation application. Ms. Farangiz Atamuradova. Hedayah Junior Research Associate.
13:25 – 13:30  Wrap up & closing


Date and time: 3 May 2018; 14:00-16:30

Venue: National Library of Tajikistan

Scope of the event

Growing threats of violent extremism and terrorism pose serious risks to the development in the world. Violent extremist groups often reverse the economic and social gains achieved by many countries, and by disseminating the instability undermine efforts of the international community to maintain peace and security, foster sustainable development and promote the respect for human rights.

Violent extremism is a complex phenomenon and in different places of the world is triggered by a unique set of interlinked global, regional and national factors. Choices to join extremist organizations are often individual, however multiple push and pull of factors heavily influence these decisions. The response to extremism threats calls for comprehensive approach, with the scaled-up and effective cooperation between national, regional and international-level actors in framing response strategies that reflect human rights-based measures to address socio-economic, legal and institutional factors contributing to the spread of violent narratives and ideologies.

Evidently, majority of those joining violent extremist organizations are young men and women, but it is important to perceive youth not only as peril and problems, but potential and promise. Multiple consultations and evidence showed that empowered young men and women present a positive force to serve as collaborators and contributors to peace and security and hence sustainable development of their home countries.

The UN-led event is a platform to share the UN experience, products and tools to support countries in preventing violent extremism. The discussion will aim to:

  • Share evidence from global research on PVE;
  • Present UN tools, knowledge products, approaches and programmes that support prevention of violent extremism.



13:00 – 14:00 Registration and welcoming coffee
14:00 – 14:30 Welcoming remarks
Representative of the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan
Dr (Ms) Pratibha Mehta, UN Resident Coordinator in Tajikistan
14:30 – 15:30 Gerd Trogemann, UNDP, Manager, Istanbul Regional Hub for Europe and CIS, PVE and empowerment of youth
Lina Benete, Head of Education at UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office, Prevention of violent extremism through education and Internet
Sabine Freizer, UN Women Policy Adviser on Governance, Peace and Security, Role of women and women’s organizations in PVE
Vera Tkachenko, International Manager, UNODC Programme in Central Asia - Crime Prevention, Criminal Justice and Integrity, Prevention of violent extremism in prisons
15:30 – 16:00 Discussion (Q&A)
16:00 – 16:30 Summary and closing remarks
Dr (Ms) Pratibha Mehta, UN Resident Coordinator in Tajikistan
Representative of the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan