Michael Opondo is the Founder and President of The International Youth Action Against Terrorism (IYAAT) organization. The organization is holding a pre-conference titled “The Countering Terrorism Extremism (CVE) Youth Blast.The pre-conference is a follow-up to the ‘Regional Conference on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)’ which was held in Nairobi (Kenya) from 25th to 27th June 2015.
Time: 8 am to 1 pm
Date: 24th October 2015
Venue: Technical University of Kenya (TUK) formerly Kenya Polytechnic.
Color Code:The Color code for the day’s event is Blue and/or White
Aim of CVE Youth Blast: to build capacity of youths to effectively participate in CVE through:
-engagement in policy making and negotiation
-awareness outreach to reduce extremist appeal.
Extremist Groups: draws its members mainly from disaffected youth, unemployed high school and university graduates, and destitute children.
Need: With extremist groups seemingly gaining in strength, questions arise as to why young men join them in the first place and what the government and other actors can do to prevent it. Surveys, interviews, and focus groups conducted suggest that poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, and weak family structures make or contribute to making young men vulnerable to radicalization. Itinerant preachers capitalize on the situation by preaching an extreme version of religious teachings and conveying a narrative of the government as weak and corrupt.
Approach: The thematic buildup of the International Youth Action Against Terrorism CVE Youth Blast aims at furthering the recommendations and conclusions of the Regional CVE conference. IYAAT is working on bringing the issue of youth action in counterterrorism efforts amongst the masses. We work to Support and coordinate efforts of existing CVE related organizations and Institutions to better understand the complexity of violent extremism, including assessing the threat it poses to the globe as a whole and within specific communities. This initiative coincides with the United Nation’s Post-2015 Sustainable Development agenda aimed at Global social development, and launches the youth’s efforts into the focal project of CVE.
Mr. Lanre Dahunsi (Opportunity for Africans – Nigeria)
Dr. Melissa Finn (Balsillie School of International Affairs – Canada)
Mr. Lone Felix (ADDO Africa – Kenya)
Ms. Fatma Ahmed (Albany Associates – United Kingdom);
Mr. Emmanuel Wakana (YELI – Burundi)
Dr. Damaris Manyange (National Counter-Terrorism Centre – Kenya).
Hon. Ronnie Osumba of Onward (Kenya)
Mr. Brian Mudumi of Zimbabwe Global Youth Forum (Zimbabwe)
Number of participants expected: 300
Product to be launched: The IYAAT Online Radio will be launched during the pre-conference
• National Counter-Terrorism Centre – Kenya
• Kenyatta University
• Dada Power
• Albany Associates
• Action/2015 Kenya
• Youth Edition – Kenya
• Fortitude Kenya
• Siasa Place
• Ministry of interior and Co-ordination of National Government
• 911 Grouphttp://www.iyaat.org/