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The European Union together with Kenya hosts a regional seminar on the prevention of violent extremism

01/02/2019 - 11:52
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On 29 January 2019, senior officials of the Government of Kenya and the European Union officially opened a three-day workshop on the issue of preventing & countering violent extremism (P/CVE) in the wider East and Horn of Africa region.

Both EU officials and representatives of partner countries from the East Africa region agreed on the need to continue -and where possible- step up efforts to dissuade vulnerable individuals from falling victim to the narrative of terrorist recruiters.  In this context, the EU stressed the importance of the so-called ‘security-development nexus’, meaning that there can be no development without security. 

The three-day regional workshop, demonstrated that the European Commission continues to be committed to its partnership with Kenya, in order to help the country and other partner countries in the Horn  of Africa region in their efforts to prevent terrorist recruitment.  Countering of radicalisation is a central pillar of most P/CVE strategies, both in the EU and in partner countries in the Horn of Africa.  The training workshop provided participants with insights and skills in how to address and mainstream P/CVE in development co-operation projects of the EU and its member states in Africa'.

The regional C/PVE workshop is an initiative of the European Commission Directorate-General for International Co-operation & Development (DEVCO) in Brussels and, taking place only two weeks after the tragic incident at 14 Riverside drive in Nairobi.  The National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC) of Kenya was present throughout the event, which both Kenya and other partner countries in the Horn of Africa welcomed as an opportunity to closely look at the issue of drivers of radicalisation in the region.


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